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 15, 2018 at 5:54am

Don't be afraid to be caught trying.
-- John Kerry

Kerry spoke those words during his interview with Bill Maher (14 September, 2018), and they strike me as being at least part of the credo of a genuine progressive. As another maxim has held, "If you don't try, you have a 100% chance of failing."

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2018 at 5:39am

And the day will come, when the [virgin birth] will rank with the fable of the generation [birth] of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Sadly, well over 200 years since those words were conceived, we ain't there yet.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2018 at 8:11pm

Makes sense, Bertold. Words have value to the degree that they align with reality. The same may be said of the people speaking them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 13, 2018 at 7:36pm

Words are only themselves by being more than themselves. Perhaps the same thing is true of human beings.

~Owen Barfield

Comment by Patricia on September 13, 2018 at 1:55pm

Exactly.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2018 at 6:21am

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2018 at 9:42am

Oh, that's a funny one, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 12, 2018 at 7:12am

What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.
-- Steve Buscemi

And something that doesn't exist has very little choice other than to ignore not just you but EVERYONE.

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!

 

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