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.

Discussion Forum

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Saturday. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god

Truth

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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2019 at 1:36am

I wonder if this GIF will come through? 

"Order doesn't come by itself."

~ Benoit Mandelbrot 

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 23, 2019 at 5:00pm

I've heard that before, in a slightly more "archaic" and poetic form, "The rain it raineth on the just / And also on the unjust fella / But mostly on the just, because / ..."

Comment by Loren Miller on March 23, 2019 at 3:23pm

The rain falls upon the just and the unjust fella,
But mostly on the just cuz the unjust stole the just's umbrella!

-- Charles Loren Miller

That was my grandfather, and he was a pretty neat fella.

Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2019 at 5:03pm

Yay!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2019 at 4:48pm

Headline: the Mueller report is COMPLETE!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2019 at 4:09pm

Worthy of repeating, "'Teach the controversy' is a smokescreen for letting religion back into public classrooms."

~ Loren Miller, March 22, 2019, Atheist Nexus, Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2019 at 5:55am

If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
-- Judith Hayes

And while we're at it, let's throw in phlogiston chemistry and astrology. "Teach the controversy" is a smokescreen for letting religion back into public classrooms. I'm not sorry to say I'm not having any.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2019 at 2:54am
“We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.... What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.” 
Robert F. Kennedy
STATEMENT ON ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, APRIL 4, 1968
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2019 at 3:14pm

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

—Balzac

Quote Investigator: QI believes that this adage was inspired by a sentence that was written by Honoré de Balzac, but the expression has been simplified in an evolutionary process. Here is the original in French from a serialization of “Le Père Goriot” published in “Revue de Paris” in 1834: 1

”Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu’il a été proprement fait.”

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/09/fortune-crime/

Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2019 at 6:13am

The thing about the word, “sacred” is that it also attempts to turn its assertions into not just truth but ABSOLUTE TRUTH, without any hint of demonstration or corroboration.
-- me

Worse, it wants you to accept those truths without question and doubting them is intolerable. Anyone got a problem with that?

 

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