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 20, 2018 at 6:02am

One notorious apikoros named Hiwa al-Balkhi, writing in ninth-century Persia, offered two hundred awkward questions to the faithful. He drew upon himself the usual thunderous curses—'may his name be forgotten, may his bones be worn to nothing'—along with detailed refutations and denunciations by Abraham ibn Ezra and others. These exciting anathemas, of course, ensured that his worrying 'questions' would remain current for as long as the Orthodox commentaries would be read. In this way, rather as when Maimonides says that the Messiah will come but that 'he may tarry,' Jewishness contrives irony at its own expense. If there is one characteristic of Jews that I admire, it is that irony is seldom if ever wasted on them.
― Christopher Hitchens

I love it – "he may tarry." Well, it's been about 2,000 years since the last candidate showed up, and apparently he didn't measure up. Could it be that the messiah gig has become too controversial for anyone to audition for? [chuckle!]

Comment by Patricia on October 19, 2018 at 2:58pm

It figures.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2018 at 2:48pm

That would be about Trump's speed ... [smh]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2018 at 11:05am
“Any guy who can do a body-slam, he’s my kind of — he’s my guy.”

~Donald J. Trump
Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2018 at 6:03am

Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future, or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for one another because if we don’t, who will. And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope that there could always be new beginnings, even for people like us.
-- General Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light"

I originally posted this quote along with observations about the series finale of Babylon 5 a long time ago, because I so admired that capstone to the series, even as I honor J. Michael Straczynski and what he accomplished with it. Michael managed to cram a lot of content and thought into B5, and it shows, even through some of the unevenness of the first and last seasons. As surely as I am invested in Kirk and Spock and McCoy and the crew of the Starship Enterprise, I am equally invested in Sinclair and Sheridan and Ivanova, in Delenn and Lennier, G'Kar and Mollari and all of the beings who made that interstellar port of call what it was.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2018 at 5:43am

Ambassador Delenn of the Mimbari, as with the other denizens of space station Babylon 5, is the invention of J. Michael Straczynski.  He created Babylon 5 as a "novel for television" in a five-year arc, totaling 110 episodes. It is considered by many science-fiction aficionados to be among the finest of such works for the small screen.

Delenn herself, played so wonderfully by Mira Furlan, is a strong and beautiful woman, sometimes enigmatic, but always herself. We get to see many sides of her during the five seasons of Babylon 5, her philosophical bent and a warrior's heart which may seem out of place for one of Mimbar's religious caste. In all her aspects, I find her as I do many of the characters of B5, utterly unforgettable.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2018 at 1:08am

"Ambassador Delenn, Babylon 5, 'GROPOS'". Who is he/she/it? This must be from another great movie or book that I missed.

I'll just have to get off of Permaculture, and silicon smelters for a while and see what else goes on in the world. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2018 at 9:50pm

The thing is, Delenn before her transition and after remains the same person. She always dealt with hard truths and did so unblinkingly. She made mistakes at times and was honest enough to admit it when she did. And every morning after her husband's disappearance, she honors her love by being witness to the sunrise over Tuzanor.

Delenn was NOTHING if not LOYAL.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 18, 2018 at 9:22pm

Good Ayan Hirsi Ali and Ambassador Delenn quotes! I always liked Delenn. Would that we could just cocoon up and reemerge in a better adapted form.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2018 at 8:04pm

Loren, powerfully, accurately, and beautifully stated! I'm reposting!

"Freedom in structure; structure in freedom."

~ Eric Kloss, a brilliant jazz saxophonist who saw jazz this way, via Loren Miller

Born blind jazz saxophonist Eric Kloss from his 1972 album "To hear is to See", the track "The Kingdom Within"


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