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 Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 10:08pm

I used to wonder why this horrified them so much them too.  They've been programmed to believe the nonsensical notion that humans are somehow "above" nature, and thus being "mere" animals is repugnant to them. But I'd surmise it's mostly the fact that it blows out of the water a significant part of their core narrative, required to ensure further generations of abject followers.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2018 at 9:25pm

What we have for distant ancestors may not be quite ape, but neither are they entirely human either.  Oddly, I find that I don't mind being an ape, and I wonder why those who so vehemently deny that ancestry do so with such fervor.  What are they afraid of?

Comment by Patricia on August 14, 2018 at 9:21pm

Me too, Bertold.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2018 at 9:20pm

Damn, Bertold ... that one hit center-bull.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 9:20pm
I'd rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop.

~Thomas Henry Huxley
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2018 at 9:15pm
"In fighting for his God everyone, in fact, fights only for the interests of his own vanity."

~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2018 at 4:04pm

I have no interest in people in government who believe in a god that is "the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 14, 2018 at 2:40pm

Even Glacier National Park is on fire.

Now even Glacier National Park is on fire — and yes, climate change...

Eric Holthaus

... Saturday was the hottest day in the history of Glacier National Park, and its first recorded time reaching 100 degrees F.

Loren, the framing which you emphasized, "Chimerical and empty being", is perfect!"

Comment by Patricia on August 14, 2018 at 1:17pm

Yes, Loren, I'd love to see more young ones speaking out, & getting much more publicity than what is on now. You Tube seems to be the place, but not everyone searches out videos of this nature. In fact I had never heard of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, etc., until I was actively looking.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2018 at 5:40am

Chimerical and empty being, your name alone has caused more blood to flow on the face of the earth than any political war ever will. Return to the nothingness from which the mad hope and ridiculous fright of men dared call you forth to their misfortune. You only appeared as a torment for the human race. What crimes would have been spared the world, if they had choked the first imbecile who thought of speaking of you.
-- Marquis de Sade

"Empty being," indeed, which has spawned beliefs and religions which have inflicted themselves on humankind to unfortunate ends:

And because of that One True Belief and wrongs against it, real, perceived or otherwise, a lot of blood has been spilled, rights have been abridged, and an enormous amount of political and social wrangling has taken place over nothing.
-- me, "It's Time to Lose the Naïveté"


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