Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

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The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

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Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2018 at 4:58am

Judgment is based on fact. Faith presupposes reaching conclusions based on myth and superstition. Not fact.
-- James M. Martin

James had a lot of wise and well measured words to share with us while he was here. The above is one sample among many.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:37am

OH! Loren, I hope you are right.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2018 at 9:34am

Wow, Joan.  I don't know as I've ever been 42 years in ANY one place, but I very much get Ted Geisel's sentiment.  Been there, done that, at least insofar as the experience of something that ended painfully, yet was so worth it, during and after, because of the growth it catalyzed in me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:29am

I am badly in need of this thought:

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

My home is now clear of all my stuff and the cleaning starts today. I am privileged to have those 42 years on that patch of Earth! 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2018 at 7:16am

The Good is that which leads to health, The Right is that which leads to peace. Purpose is ours to choose, Meaning is the story we choose to join. We are all members of Darwin's family, all kin from the beginning of life. If you value anything, value other humans, for they are the only help you will have in times of trouble. The Godless Universe is vast and wondrous, and more than enough. We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
-- John Hodges

The above reminds me of Robert Green Ingersoll's "Happiness is the only good" statement, for its tenor and positivity. Its intent is much the same – a good thing, from where I sit.

Comment by Patricia on July 8, 2018 at 2:22am

I like that, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 2:12am

Loren, as so often happens, the one calling others names and pointing a finger at another has three fingers point back. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 7, 2018 at 8:20am

I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator - that's beyond my conceit.
― Christopher Hitchens

Indeed, who is the more arrogant: the person who says there can be no doubt but that a god exists, despite an utter dearth of evidence, or the one who looks at that same scenario and simply says, "I don't know?"

Comment by Loren Miller on July 6, 2018 at 6:45am

The truth is not an opinion.
-- me

As Aron Ra has said repeatedly, "the truth is what the facts are," and consequentially, "If you don't care what the facts are, then you don't care what the truth is."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2018 at 4:24pm

No! There has never been a time when the U.S. lived up to the imagined government of the Founding Fathers & Mothers!

The '50s were a time of rebuilding the whole world after WW II;

the '60s trends included civil disobedience in an attempt to end white, male, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant domination;

the '70s included women, marginalized people including gays and lesbians who persisted in their struggle for equality, while a resignation of a POTUS when faced with impeachment, and the citizens' protest against the Viet Nam war; 

The '80s involved a time of an economic recession caused by the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, steep cuts in domestic spending began;

The 1990s was a decade of extremes and contradictions, people spent more, borrowed more, and went more deeply into debt; children struggled with adjustment to new step-families; women took responsibility for their happiness and fulfillment; men experienced a crisis of masculinity; gays and lesbians began entering the U.S. mainstream, even as they faced violent assaults and an anti-gay backlash; mass shootings occurred, many involving children or teenagers, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act began, and the right-to-carry gun laws passed; New Age spiritualism prospered, ”corporate spiritualism" transformed the workplace; workers emphasized their individuality and their responsibility for happiness and fulfillment; the Million Man March occurred, organized by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, acclaiming the virtues of family and community responsibility; rock music known as grunge grew with loose-fitting jeans, old flannel shirts, and T-shirts. 

~ "The 1990s Lifestyles and Social Trends: Overview." U*X*L American Decades. Retrieved July 05, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: 

http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/culture-magazines/1990s...

 

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