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

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 8, 2019 at 7:01am

Thanks to our old buddy Bertold for this one:

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2019 at 12:51pm

About that Leviticus clobber passage, "Do not lie with a man as with a woman...", it's in the context of not emulating the practices of the neighbors' other, false religions, where having sex with a priestess or priest was considered a way to get close to their gods.

But besides that, my favorite interpretation is "Do not lie with a man as with a woman: if you're a man having sex with another man, appreciate him for who and what he is!"

(Don't remember who that's from; possibly a liberal rabbi or minister.)

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2019 at 5:32am

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
-- Ezekiel 16:49

I can't help the feeling that the above is yet another of those little bible passages which has somehow escaped the notice of the average evangelical Christian. My suspicion is that they're too obsessed with Leviticus 20:13 or something like that...

Comment by Patricia on November 6, 2019 at 12:33pm

Ain't dat duh troof!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2019 at 8:07am

I was Googling around for quotations this morning and discovered the following – a real find, IMHO:

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2019 at 5:20am

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is, that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.
-- Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street"

In my experience, there are few wordsmiths in the modern day who might be the equal of Rod Serling. His clear perception of the human animal and deft use of word and phrase in his writing are the reason why The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery are still spoken of highly over 50 years since they aired on TV.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2019 at 5:04pm

Following up on that:

"...a large majority of Americans – right and left, Republican as well as Democrat – could get excited about moving toward a real democracy and economy that worked for the many.

This is why the oligarchy is so worried about Warren’s rise to frontrunner status in some polls.

Politico reports that Democratic-leaning executives on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and across the corporate world are watching her with an increasing panic.

“Ninety-seven per cent of the people I know in my world are really, really fearful of her,” billionaire Michael Novogratz told Bloomberg.

These Democratic oligarchs hope Biden, or perhaps Peter Buttigieg or Amy Klobuchar, can still take Warren out."

(same source: "Robert Reich: The real divide in the United States is not between the left and right")

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 4, 2019 at 4:53pm

Perfect Thor Benson quote!

"The stark reality is that Democrats cannot defeat Trump’s authoritarian populism with an establishment candidate who fronts for the oligarchy." Robert Reich

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2019 at 4:37pm


Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2019 at 4:36pm

When reading about left-handed zindlefingers, and the pronouncements of political, religious, and other authoritarians alike, one of the United States' Founding Fathers said it well:

Half the Truth is often a great Lie. Be not quick to believe everything you read on the Internet. --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack


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