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 Patricia on October 3, 2018 at 12:59am

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2018 at 11:49pm

Even if you're talking to yourself, here are people listening and reading.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2018 at 6:44pm

I don't think we can lay everything at the feet of unconscious thoughts alone, Bertold.  It really is the whole ball of wax, conscious and unconscious thoughts which may form the foundation of our current situation as well as our own selves.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 2, 2018 at 4:08pm
". . . our unconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world dictate the kind of world we live in and the kind of people we are."

~Gary Lachman
Comment by Patricia on October 2, 2018 at 1:12pm

I feel that way on several groups here.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2018 at 6:02am

Very nice, Dr. Meaden!  And BTW, thanks for stopping by.  For a while here, I thought I was talking to myself!

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 2, 2018 at 6:00am

"We are all ignorant, but not ignorant of the same things".

Also by Albert Einstein [wording from memory]

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2018 at 5:54am

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
-- Albert Einstein

No comment needed at all, really.

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!

 

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