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 Loren Miller on December 21, 2018 at 5:50am

It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.
— Robert G. Ingersoll

So Yahweh wants yes-men and yes-women to lick his boots and sing his praises. Shock and amazement ... NOT!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2018 at 1:18pm

I would have to add to that, "AND the presumption of unquestionable goodness which has been associated with faith and religions" ... yeah, the RICO statute would have been pulled on the RC church LONG before now.

It seems as though, after both Boston and now Pennsylvania, that maybe law enforcement has finally gotten the guts to go toe-to-toe with the church, an event so badly overdue, I'm not sure words suffice.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 20, 2018 at 12:56pm

"Let us be plain. The institutional Roman Catholic Church as it currently exists is a prima facie international criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice. Absent the scent of incense, this would be the easiest RICO case any prosecutor ever brought."

~Charlie Pierce

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2018 at 6:39am

No god worthy of worship would be associated with such character flaws as vanity, jealousy, vengeance, or wrath. God should be above such deadly sins and would not be encumbered by them.
-- Aron Ra, Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

This states one of the most fundamental problems with the biblical god I can think of. Dan Barker documents it in detail in his book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, but the above statement knocks it all in a cocked hat.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2018 at 6:05am

It absolutely is, Joan, and it characterizes the problem I expressed in my last blog.  This is among the most serious systemic problems our government has, and we need to get on it NOW.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2018 at 10:48pm

Bertold, that statement is profoundly true, "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Comment by Patricia on December 19, 2018 at 6:02pm

HA!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2018 at 5:35pm

At a hearing in Maryland, after hearing testimony from Democrat Jamie Raskin, State Senator Nancy Jacobs, a Republican, said, ‘My Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you say about that?’ Raskin replied: ‘Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.’

Comment by Loren Miller on December 19, 2018 at 5:50am

I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.
-- Albert Einstein

And if that isn't clear enough to anyone who wants to allege that Einstein believed in a god, I can't help you.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2018 at 5:58am

Everything ought to be turned upside down occasionally; it lets in air and light.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Star Beast

I agree with this conditionally. Shaking things up to root out complacency and boredom is generally a good idea. Going so far as to elect an incompetent to the highest office in the land, however ... well, I think the evidence speaks for itself.

 

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