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

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

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 Plinius May 2. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 28, 2020 at 6:49am

The thought is frequently associated with Bertrand Russell: The worship of anything is beneath the dignity of a rational creature. That is, we argue that worship is immoral. Consequently, for any type of religious belief, if it requires one to worship anything, then it is intrinsically immoral. The argument turns on the claim that any conception of worship that’s worth its salt will involve the voluntary and irrevocable submission of one’s rational faculties to those of another.
-- Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse, Reasonable Atheism: A Moral Case for Respectful Disbelief

Let's repeat that last, shall we: "... the voluntary and irrevocable submission of one’s rational faculties to those of another." DAMN! And yet that's what faith is in the final analysis ... which is why I want nothing to do with faith OR worship.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2020 at 6:43am

A universe without purpose should neither depress us nor suggest that our lives are purposeless. Through an awe-inspiring cosmic history we find ourselves on this remote planet in a remote corner of the universe, endowed with intelligence and self-awareness. We should not despair, but should humbly rejoice in making the most of these gifts, and celebrate our brief moment in the sun.
― Lawrence M. Krauss

Nothing to add to that ... nothing at all.

Comment by Patricia on February 26, 2020 at 12:56pm

Ignorance seems to be the preferred stance.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 26, 2020 at 5:41am

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It astonishes me how much Christians want to insist that this is THEIR nation when Jefferson had the above to say regarding the laws that established the US.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2020 at 6:08am

During my sojourn in ironclad atheism, the primary arsenal leveled against Christianity had been its failure on empirical grounds. Surely, enlightened reason offered a more coherent cosmos. Surely, Occam's razor cut the faithful free from blind faith. There is no proof of God; therefore, it is unreasonable to believe in God.
-- Paul Kalanithi

Have to say, Paul, I'm, pretty much with you on this one, though "ironclad" is a bit absolutist.  Your tone, though, suggests that you didn't find atheism either satisfying or otherwise sufficient for a man dying of metastatic lung cancer, and since I don't know your full story, I also don't know what your final conclusions were ... which makes me wonder:

Were you yet one more of those who wanted to believe a pretty lie than an unpleasant truth?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2020 at 11:17am

Just like we have no word for people who don't collect stamps.

"As a confirmed non-stamp-collector I have absolutely no problem with people who practice philately in the privacy of their own homes. Or in public, even, as long as they're not sticking their stamps on me."

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2020 at 5:51am

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.
-- Sam Harris

Mostly I think what Sam is giving expression here is atheism's reaction to theism, because without belief in god, there would be no need for the concept of atheism to exist. Sadly...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2020 at 9:32pm

"It IS Christianity in reverse!"

Comment by Patricia on February 23, 2020 at 12:44pm

Well said.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2020 at 5:15am

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Welcome to the club, Emma.  I think it's safe to say that we're with you.


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