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.

Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 17 hours ago. 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


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

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Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Well put, Bertold.  Believers essentially LIE to themselves repeatedly until they believe the lie – both tragic and dangerous.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

Faith needs to fail to deliver the goods most of the time to attract investment of thought and emotion in it. Faith abhors blasphemy and fears apostasy because these raise those very doubts which the faithful spend so much time suppressing with ritual and prayer. Prayer basically consists of talking yourself into believing something you understand as rationally false and then asking it for the occasional favor.

~Peter J. Carroll

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

It's hard to imagine a more extraordinary claim than that some hidden intelligence created a universe of more than a hundred billion galaxies, each containing more than a hundred billion stars, and then waited more than 13.7 billion years until a planet in a remote corner of a single galaxy evolved an atmosphere sufficiently oxygenated to support life, only to then reveal his existence to an assortment of violent tribal groups before disappearing again.
-- Lawrence M. Krauss

Put that way, the utter absurdity of our reality being put together by some deity who demands attention and worship, yet won't show himself is self-evident.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Guys ... PLEASE ... if you're going to go nuts on a single topic or person, as I have said before, create a post!

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

My apologies to the group for attributing the quotes to Grantham, when in fact, the article is about him. 

The article was by By Ben Steverman.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

Oh! Heck! just read the Jeremy Grantham article yourself and get a feel for the informed investor. Climate change is here and he/we might as well get used to the changes, even in investing. 

Investing Prophet Jeremy Grantham Takes Aim at Climate Change

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

Sell off fossil fuel stocks. "There are investments in companies working on fusion power, an ultra-efficient car, “next-gen” agriculture, and a battery that could be much cheaper, smaller, and lighter than anything on the market.

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

"I}nvest in companies and commodities expected to benefit from decarbonization—clean energy, agriculture, water, energy efficiency, and commodities such as copper that are used heavily in green technology such as batteries."

~ Jeremy Grantham 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

“The social contract of 1964, when I arrived here, has been totally torn up. Anything that happens to a corporation over 25 years out doesn’t exist for them. Therefore, grandchildren have no value.”

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

2011, Grantham was protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. His daughter was among dozens of climate change activists taken to jail.

“Suddenly, politics and climate became mixed up. I began to realize that there were major-league deficiencies in capitalism which had not been on my radar screen. I had no idea how deeply the propaganda machine of the right wing went and how well-funded it was, how smart it was, and how far ahead of the curve it was. The left were ignorant in comparison.”

~ Jeremy Grantham


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