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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Truth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jan 15. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

Ideas

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2018 at 3:55pm

I had it, but got rid of it. Don't miss it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 14, 2018 at 3:24pm
"Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being."

~Andrew Sullivan

Anyone beg to differ?
Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2018 at 5:47am

Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile.
― Noam Chomsky

Is he ever! He creates the universe, plus Adam & Eve, they IMMEDIATELY screw it up, and he's SURPRISED at that! Then all of humankind goes south on him, to the point where he has to wipe the chalkboard clean and start over ... by causing a global [cha, right!] flood and telling a 600-year-old man to build a boat supposedly big enough to contain all the species on the planet ... and THAT goes wrong! So next he's going to sacrifice himself TO himself to correct for the problems his creation made Which He, Being Omniscient, Should Have Seen In The First Place ... WHEW! I'm beginning to think that, if a god existed, he's about as inept as Donald Trump!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2018 at 6:45am

Maybe you do not care much about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us. If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.
-- David Frum

I've forgotten where I first saw this quote, but in the light of recent events where Republicans are attempting to subvert the state governments of Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina in the wake of the blue tsunami, evidence of the verity of David Frum's words is entirely too available.

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2018 at 2:08pm

Then it should be obvious its all man made.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2018 at 5:41am

Well ... considering how POORLY ol' Yahweh did in Genesis (TWICE!), maybe he could use a Monday morning quarterback!

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2018 at 12:01am

Yes, I liked it.

Comment by Plinius on December 11, 2018 at 11:59pm

That is beautiful, Patricia! We only need a few more people with light in the soul...

Comment by Patricia on December 11, 2018 at 12:29pm

"If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world."

- Chinese Proverb -

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2018 at 5:37am

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

This was a lesson I was a while learning, until I came to understand that love was a product of true, unfettered perception and appreciation of someone, while jealousy comes straight out of a desire to OWN someone.

 

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