Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


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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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 4:32pm

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.
-- Benjamin Franklin

You KNEW I had to follow with that one, didn't you, Bertold?  [grin!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2018 at 4:27pm

People who assure you that you can only gain security at the price of liberty usually want to deny you both.

~Timothy Snyder

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 5:35am

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
-- Anonymous

[chuckle] No kidding!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 11:23pm

I like this quote, Loren:

"ignorance and fear created the gods;

that imagination, rapture, and deception embellished them;

that weakness worships them;

that custom spares them; and

that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men.

~ Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2018 at 5:45pm

As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people.

~Adam Gopnik

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2018 at 11:11am
Everything is weird and awful.

~Charles Pierce
Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2018 at 6:25am

The only thing that guarantees an open-ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open-ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation.
-- Sam Harris

In other words, Be Willing To LEARN!!! Problem is, believers (especially the likes of Ken Ham!) don't think they have anything to learn.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2018 at 11:21am

AMPLIFIED is the thought I had when reading that quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 11, 2018 at 5:41am

Man had created God in his own image, not the other way around. He had done it through sheer terror, and who could blame him? Unfortunately he had made too good a job. The god he had invented was just as cruel and careless as man himself. Not a deity to whom one should seriously address a prayer.
-- Richard Herley

So ... man took all his worst impulses, amplified them, and called the result, "god." Bloody lovely.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 10, 2018 at 12:33pm

"I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show they have a sense of humor." - William Gilmore Simms


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