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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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 October 1, 2018 at 6:02am

Faith is the surrender of the mind, it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other animals. It's our need to believe and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. ... Out of all the virtues, all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated
― Christopher Hitchens

No one ever laid it down so eloquently or as bluntly as the Hitch.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2018 at 6:41am

All those pathetic lonely people fooling one another into their clumsy games of afterlife and cosmic relevance just to avoid noticing the nauseating sadness of their real lives.
-- Edgar Cantero

That may not be the whole explanation, but it's a considerable part of it!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2018 at 7:17am

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
-- Thomas Jefferson

It'd be lovely if we could get Ken Ham or the Hovinds to hear that. Personally, I think they turned their hearing aids off...

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2018 at 5:38am

...Religion closes off the central questions of existence by attempting to dissuade us from further enquiry by asserting that we cannot ever hope to comprehend. We are, religion asserts, simply too puny. Through fear of being shown to be vacuous, religion denies the awesome power of human comprehension. It seeks to thwart, by encouraging awe in things unseen, the disclosure of the emptiness of faith. Religion, in contrast to science, deploys the repugnant view that the world is too big for our understanding. Science, in contrast to religion, opens up the great questions of being to rational discussion, to discussion with the prospect of resolution and elucidation. Science, above all, respects the power of the human intellect. Science is the apotheosis of the intellect and the consummation of the Renaissance. Science respects more deeply the potential of humanity than religion ever can.
-- P.W. Atkins

And every time a question is answered and the answer fails to be "magic," religion takes one more step toward irrelevance and science takes one more step FORWARD.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2018 at 4:11pm

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

Facts do not cease to exist because they are denied. 

Lies do not exist because they are claimed. 

Lies do not exist because they are repeated. 

~ Me 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2018 at 3:34pm

"A} permissive culture of violence always breeds abuses, especially when those committing the abuse have been equipped with a self-legitimising narrative.

"There is one thing more. The need to supply a proper name to this. For while the use of all violence in service of the state inevitably requires special pleading, there is something in the cold conversation between men about the limits to the pain and suffering that they can inflict that speaks of nothing but depravity."

~ Peter Beaumont, The CIA's willing torturers, The Guardian, 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/aug/25/ci...

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2018 at 5:51am

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-- Aldous Huxley

Donald John Trump would have us believe they DO cease to exist. Chuck Grassley and some of his side-buddies might as well. We can't let 'em get away with it, not now, not ever.

Comment by Patricia on September 26, 2018 at 12:33pm

…..AND the hand over the cash part......

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2018 at 5:39am

Catholicism - all the perversions of Christianity - is not a faith of love. It is a faith of fear. Obey, be good, toe the line, and heaven is yours, the first prize in the lottery of eternity. Disobey, react, cut the lifeline, and never-ceasing damnation is the booby prize. The dogma is, love the only god and you shall be safe. Fail in that love and he will not rescue you, not until you crawl and apologize and fawn before the altar. What kind of a religion demands such indignity?
― Martin Booth

What kind of religion, Martin? The kind that insists on servile sheep who need to be tended (and fleeced!) by a shepherd.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 25, 2018 at 7:34pm

Joan, I read the book that quote was supposed to come from ... and pretty obviously never once ran across that alleged quote.  The sad fact is that there are enough real quotes to be cited as regards the dangers of fascism and totalitarianism that we CAN rely on.

Manufactured "wisdom" isn't necessary when the genuine article is available.

 

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