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

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

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Comment by Loren Miller on July 29, 2019 at 5:52am

The world is not magic — and that’s the most magical thing about it.
-- Sean Carroll

Wonderfully and simply stated. Reality as it is has any number of astonishing phenomena within its boundaries, and given time, Every Last One Of Them Is Explainable.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2019 at 5:49am

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?
— Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones." What an extraordinary statement. I wonder how many believers have the courage to think in those terms?

Comment by Plinius on July 28, 2019 at 12:11am

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2019 at 12:43pm

Sounds about right, but in my eldest son's case, he knew everything until he got into his 40's.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 27, 2019 at 12:27pm

As it comes to that, Patricia:

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
-- Mark Twain

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2019 at 12:24pm

Teens know it all, until they begin to grow up.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 27, 2019 at 7:31am

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

The intelligent are smart enough to know that they don't know it all. The stupid figure they know enough; why spoil it by knowing more, not realizing that that "something more" might be infinitely more critical to the situation than what they've learned to this point.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 26, 2019 at 8:37pm

And I think that Werner Herzog's view of what America may be doing to be terrifying.  Whether it's true or not will likely be borne out in about a year and a half ... on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 2020.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 26, 2019 at 8:33pm

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I agree thay your view of death is healthy, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 26, 2019 at 5:52am

I find that death is nothing to fear or be intimidated by, that the final loss of consciousness I will one day experience will be no more daunting than my nightly excursion into sleep ... except that I mean to enjoy the days that I have and can share with my wife for as long as I can.
-- me

I flatter myself that the above is a pretty healthy view of death, that I prefer to embrace LIFE for as long as I have it, and to continue to learn and grow and share for the simple joy of doing so.


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