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 Feb 11. 14 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


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 Joan Denoo on February 20, 2019 at 2:27am

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity."

~ Gilda Radner

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2019 at 6:55pm

I have a lesbian cousin who partners with an outstanding woman of great integrity. They have two of the most beautiful children one could possibly want, fathered with the use of a turkey baster. They stand as honored members of their community. I am so very proud of them and their support system. 

Another cousin was born female and became male and he is, without a doubt, a most distinguishes father.  They have a whole gaggle of children, I have lost count, and they bring pride to the extended family in their scholastics, sports, dancing, and piano. 

Many of our family members left their religions because of the torment these two suffer because of faulty religious teaching. 

RELIGION reveals its dark side in these two individuals and their families. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2019 at 5:53am

Joan, we both know about Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, wherein Yahweh condemns homosexuality, though WITHOUT any explanation or justification.  As far as I'm concerned, that lack obviates any credibility those verses might hope to have.  If that deity can't be bothered to back up such a sanction with sufficient reason behind it, I have no reason to listen to or acknowledge it.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2019 at 5:49am

You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
-- Ranger Marcus Cole, Babylon 5

Beats the snot out of being subject to the whims of the biblical god, I would say!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2019 at 12:22am

Who says being gay or lesbian is a bad thing? Who assumes the authority to make a judgment about a person's sexuality? It is the violation of another's sexuality that is the crime. 

"Biology matters. But we really don't understand how"

~ Rebecca Jordan-Young, Barnard professor, renowned sociomedical scientist, author of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences. She broke down 13 years of exhaustive analysis on hundreds of studies on sex, gender, and the brain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2019 at 12:06am

I Googled to find if gay RC priests left hiding behind their "celibate" lifestyle to create and join GLBTQ groups. I saw no such answer. 

If I were a lesbian, I would not hide behind a false lifestyle; I would claim my status with pride and self-respect. 

Obviously, I don't know about what I am talking! At least I would face the reality of my being. I have no trouble at all being open about not believing in superhuman beings. Others have not liked what I think; it is more important that I speak my truth than to hide it. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 18, 2019 at 4:59pm

We’ve all made the commitment to do our best to order our actions to our state in life, and no you are not the only one who faces fierce temptations to act on urges that are not consistent with our human dignity.
~Jennifer Fitz, in a letter headed "Dear Gay Catholic Priests"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 18, 2019 at 4:41pm

Oops, exactly. Didn't mean t leave out the attribution.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2019 at 3:43pm
‘The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.’

-Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 22 October 1945

In his last will and testament, Hitler appointed Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz as the new German leader. But Germany lasted only 7 days longer under the "Flensburg government" of Dönitz. He surrendered unconditionally to the Americans, British, and Soviets on May 8, 1945.
Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2019 at 3:13pm

Apparently, Bertold, your quote derives from The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan.


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