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 Loren Miller on September 11, 2018 at 5:36am

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.
-- George Washington

I suppose they could have afforded a bit of naivete back then. These days? Not so much.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 10, 2018 at 9:19pm

Terrific ... nepotism on top of everything else!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 10, 2018 at 9:14pm
"There is no God--but this is a family secret."
~John Stuart Mill
Comment by Loren Miller on September 10, 2018 at 5:22am

Although the far territory of the extreme can exert an intoxicating pull on susceptible individuals of all bents, extremism seems to be especially prevalent among those inclined by temperament or upbringing toward religious pursuits. Faith is the very antithesis of reason, injudiciousness a crucial component of spiritual devotion. And when religious fanaticism supplants ratiocination, all bets are suddenly off.
― Jon Krakauer

Hmmm – "Faith is the very antithesis of reason." Sound familiar?

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 10, 2018 at 2:16am

True! For instance, people still know of the flat earth idea, or perhaps of the phlogiston idea, or the idea that light came from people's eyes, or the idea that evil spirits cause disease, or the idea that a divinely appointed king is the best form of government... and on and on.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2018 at 7:49pm

Very true, Joan.  Indeed, the only way to fight an idea is with a better idea, and regardless of the outcome of the contest, BOTH ideas will remain extant.  "Killing an idea" strikes me as a virtual impossibility.  The most you can do is demonstrate an idea's ill-suited nature and incompatibility with the advancement of life or whatever positive goal is on the table.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2018 at 4:32pm

"Ideas are bulletproof."
~ Vendetta 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2018 at 4:27pm

"We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can change the world."

~ Vendetta

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2018 at 6:50am

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
-- Thomas Jefferson

A more apt quote for this day and age, I'm not certain I can think of.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2018 at 5:49am

What is it that makes a person insist passionately on the existence of metaphysical realities that can be neither demonstrated nor refuted?
― Stephen Batchelor

Man, there's the $64 question, ain't it?

 

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