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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Ideas

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 Patricia on August 8, 2018 at 1:48pm

I love it when very talented people deny its a gawd gift!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2018 at 1:34pm

Patricia, a wonderful quote! I'm reposting it!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2018 at 1:25pm

Oh, OUCH! Nice burn, Josh!

Comment by Patricia on August 8, 2018 at 1:20pm

Comment by Patricia on August 8, 2018 at 1:17pm

Nothing, nada, zilch......

Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2018 at 6:56am

What's the difference between a random god and no god at all?
-- Ricky Gervais

A good question, Mr. Gervais ... and I'm thinking that the answer is: "Damned little."

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2018 at 10:03pm

Good one!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2018 at 9:39pm
The most important thing everyone needs to watch out for in life is anyone trying to make you believe something.
--me
Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2018 at 8:25pm

And as regards your quote, Joan, I'm genuinely afraid either nothing or not enough will be done, and for a sickeningly pernicious reason:

You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because that future does not ask anything of you today.
-- Hugh Laurie as Governor Nix, Tomorrowland

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2018 at 8:22pm

Excellent quote and from the creator of Cthulhu!  Wonder what the born-again crowd make of THAT?

 

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