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 Joan Denoo on October 18, 2018 at 3:34pm

Born into a culture, we learn the norms early and without question. It isn't until the rebellious stages of 2-years old, 7-7-years, "Adolescence is a period of turmoil, where limits are being tested and risks taken."

~Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Yes, we are slaves, until doubt, questions, and stress creates an environment of feeling test the confines of our learnings and the natural instinct to explore increases as one matures. During these natural stages of development, one reaches beyond the traditional and seeks out a new normal. For the 2-year old, it is going where he and she had never gone, alone, before.  For the adolescent, hormones begin their ravaging of customs, powerful feelings, often forbidden thoughts, and behaviors win out over parental and cultural norms. 

voilà, unplanned and unwanted pregnancies occur.  

The job of the parent is to be a guide and safety net, and not a restraining net. 

Break-away thinking and actions scare everyone. Manage the fear, trust the processes. 

~ Leadership Institute of Spokane 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2018 at 7:43am

We are all slaves to our histories. If there is to be a ... bright future, we must learn to break those chains.
-- Ambassador Delenn, Babylon 5, "GROPOS"

I wonder if it's so much histories that we are slaves to as it is the habits recorded in those histories. In any case, if we can't learn to "think anew and act anew" as Lincoln suggested, those chains Delenn mentioned will never be broken.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2018 at 5:58am

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

To take this principle one step further, I'd say it's better to be ALIVE ... FULL STOP.  After all:

... if you live you may yet have good fortune but all the dead are dead alike.
-- C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2018 at 12:57am

Life, with all its twists and turns, pleasures and sorrow, victories and defeats, and I want nothing more. 

Comment by Patricia on October 16, 2018 at 12:59pm

I suppose these ''dyed in the wool'' people were there to see the ''word'' being written?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2018 at 5:56am

As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.
-- Thomas Paine

Paine recognized this problematic truth about the bible over two centuries ago, and his words have since been corroborated by people such as Steve Wells of The Skeptic's Annotated Bible. I don't expect dyed-in-the-wool believers to acknowledge a statement such as this, but there are plenty of fence-straddlers out there who should at least consider it.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2018 at 8:05am

Indeed, an essential classic, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 15, 2018 at 7:16am

Forever a classic.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2018 at 5:46am

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...
-- Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11 (excerpted)

So, the United States was formed as a Christian nation, was it? The founders of this nation, including George Washington and John Adams, a signatory to this document, thought otherwise. Anytime anyone wishes to assert the Christian nature of this land, three statements of law at minimum should be used as rebuttal:

  • US Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3
  • US Constitution, First Amendment, "Establishment Clause"
  • Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11

These are the law of the land, not some vague statement regarding the intentions of those who formed it, but expressed and codified law. Anyone saying otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2018 at 6:49am

If Jesus had been an actual historical figure we have a thorny paradox. Either this Jesus was a remarkable individual who said and did a host of amazing, revolutionary things – but no one outside his fringe cult noticed for over a century. Or he didn’t – and yet shortly after his death, tiny communities of worshipers that cannot agree about the most basic facts of his life spring up, scattered all across the empire. The truth is inescapable: there simply could never have been a historical Jesus.
-- David Fitzgerald

I will admit to not being 100% certain of the whole mythicist position, but the very fact cited by Mr. Fitzgerald above strikes me as strong evidence in favor of that position.


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