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 Grinning Cat on August 11, 2018 at 8:57pm

Even for this city boy, without turkeys around, I heartily concur, especially about all the books I haven't read yet, and all the pieces of music I haven't learned yet!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 8:45pm

I can't understand boredom! How can one be bored when the sun comes up and lights the way to all kinds of people, animals, chores, projects of all kinds, a nap or two, a beautifully prepared dinner, the comfort of a healthy bed, being snuggled in the quilt, and head on a homemade feather pillow?

And there are all those books that I have not read, yet!

OH! The turkeys are back, I counted 13 in this flock

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 7:35pm

I have my own take on that topic, Bertold:

It is the dyed-in-the-wool, starched-in-the-socks SANE people of this world who are the most BORING and the most BORED ... and I can't bring myself to be either.
-- me

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 11, 2018 at 6:02pm

No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time.

~Alan Watts

Comment by Patricia on August 11, 2018 at 1:14pm

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 6:19am

Fear is the mother of all gods.
-- Lucretius

You noticed that, too, did you?

Comment by Patricia on August 10, 2018 at 2:00pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 10, 2018 at 10:51am

I agree entirely, Bertold.  A long time ago, a psyche professor I had said something to the effect of: "Hope is a liar."  Hope says that something good will happen for you with no action on your part, whether you deserve it or not ... and maybe it will.  On the other hand, there's this:

The more I practice, the luckier I get.
-- Gary Player (allegedly)

For myself, I'd rather earn the "luck" I have!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 10, 2018 at 10:11am
“The greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth.”

~Richard Powers
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 10, 2018 at 9:48am
"Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope. Fuck despair, too. But fuck hope.

Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out.

We don’t need hope. We need action."

~Michael Moore, who has a new documentary being released at the autumnal equinox.
 

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