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 24, 2018 at 5:35am

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.
-- Law and Governance
   The Spacing Guild Manual
   from Children of Dune

I would not say that good government NEVER depends on laws, but insofar as the dependence on those governing is concerned, that has never been more in evidence than right now!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2018 at 5:36am

The Seven Social Sins are:

  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.

― Frederick Lewis Donaldson

Fred, you said this back in 1925, and I'm not sure a whole lot of people were listening, sad to say.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 22, 2018 at 4:49am

I'd rather do something and make a mistake than be frightened into doing nothing. That's the problem back home. Folks have been conned into thinking they can't change the world. Have to accept what is. I'll tell you something, my friends, the world is changing every day. The only question is, who's doing it?
-- Reverend Will Dexter, Babylon 5, “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place”

Once again, tremendous and insightful words, coming from the pen of Joseph Michael Straczynski, who himself is an atheist, yet using the voice of a man of god to make his statement. JMS did that a lot with Babylon 5, whether the source was Christianity or Judaism or the religion of the Mimbari or some other origin. Yet one more reason I found B5 both entertaining and enlightening.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 21, 2018 at 6:34pm

Great Saul Bellow quote, Loren!

Disgusting one from *45.

“It is tremendously ballsy for the slow-motion rage aneurysm that is the GOP to accuse the left of being a mob.” Samantha Bee

Comment by Loren Miller on October 21, 2018 at 6:11am

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance, when the need for illusion is deep.
-- Saul Bellow

Is it intelligence or just misguided effort that is at work in reinforcing ignorance? I have to wonder.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2018 at 1:26am

I enjoyed the personalities of Starship Enterprise and wondered how it would be like to have a place to live and work without the confusions of modern life on Starship Earth. That program offered a different option than one we all live; if it can be imagined, it can be accomplished. 

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
 

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