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 Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 5:18am

A blind man could see it with a cane.
-- Dr. Leonard H. ("Bones") McCoy, Star Trek

Joan, the business of acquiring and hording (there's no other word for it) money has become an obsession to the super-rich. As with any other privilege, whenever we can manage to level the playing field by taxing them at a rate commensurate with their wealth, they'll squeal like pigs in a sty and claim that they're being persecuted.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2018 at 11:35pm

"It’s the inequality, stupid; Only little people pay taxes; How the rich get richer; how the poor get poorer; who owns Congress?"

~ Mother Jones

Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2018 at 5:28am

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

And from Washington's time to this, that characteristic has not changed, any more than the basic doctrines of religion have. If it could, I wonder if religion would remain religion.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 10, 2018 at 1:46am

Everything that goes beyond the trivial, the Philistine calls unsound.

~Rudolf Steiner

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 9, 2018 at 7:17am

Joan, even if Kavanaugh had no taint of credible attempted rape and sexual assault accusations, he still lied under oath to Congress multiple times on serious matters to get his previous and current seat.

I'll gladly adopt your statement and take it further.

"I will not vote for a Republicanunless and until Republicans convincingly reverse course and make amends for their history of partisan power-grabbing, enriching themselves and their corporate donors, and imposing far-right authoritarian values, at the very real expense of the American people."

Over and over again it's been Republicans and their party line who've blocked advances and imposed regression on things that shouldn't be goddamned partisan issues.

We don't have a universal single-payer health system like other developed nations do. We didn't even manage to work a public option into the Affordable Care Act, which preserved the predation of private for-profit insurers. Thanks Republicans!

We still don't have reasonable gun control laws, nearly six years after a young man born here in the US murdered 20 school­children and six adults, while mass shootings have become almost routine. Thanks Republicans!

We're loosening and eliminating regulations -- read protections -- for the life, health, and safety of real people, all for the sake of the short-term profits of fake "people" (corporations). A small example: last week the EPA came out as "anti-science but pro-mad-science" in deciding that a little radiation is good for us. A much bigger one: not even trying to reduce our fossil fuel use and carbon emissions, without which we have no hope of stopping our trajectory careening into a literal hothouse Earth, much less habitable for oligarchs' grandchildren (as well as everyone else's). Thanks Republicans!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2018 at 6:56am

How come indeed.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 9, 2018 at 5:32am

If god created man in his own image, how come I'm not invisible?
― David Powers

"Invisible," nuts, why shouldn't we all be utterly intangible and unknowable to each other? Yahweh sure is, and he's been that way from the get-go!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2018 at 5:11am

I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.
-- Spock to Trelane, Star Trek, "The Squire of Gothos"

Seems to me we're seeing an awful lot of Trelanes out there lately – supposedly smart people who can't be bothered to apply discipline to what understanding they have – and like the Squire, they are badly in need of a spanking.

Comment by Patricia on October 7, 2018 at 1:03pm

She's terrific!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 7, 2018 at 6:56am

Atheists’ anger doesn’t prove that we’re selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We’re angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it.
-- Greta Christina

At one time or another, we've all probably heard about "angry atheists" and "why are atheists so angry?" I can think of no better response to that rather specious question than what Greta herself offered at Skepticon 4. If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so!


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