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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith yesterday. 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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2020 at 5:21am

If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it. Show people.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

The above is among my very favorite Heinlein quotes. It tells me that talking the talk means nothing if you can't walk the walk. Either have hard evidence of the truth you wish to espouse, or do everyone the favor of not opening your mouth in the first place. I'm looking at YOU, bible-thumpers, as it comes to this!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2020 at 8:08am

It is often argued that religion is valuable because it makes men good, but even if this were true it would not be a proof that religion is true. That would be an extension of pragmatism beyond endurance. Santa Claus makes children good in precisely the same way, and yet no one would argue seriously that the fact proves his existence. The defense of religion is full of such logical imbecilities.
-- H. L. Mencken

From where I sit, religion makes men less good than SCARED. And it tends to turn their leaders into assholes.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 29, 2020 at 6:24am

It is time that scientists and other public intellectuals observed that the contest between faith and reason is zero-sum. There is no question but that nominally religious scientists like Francis Collins and Kenneth R. Miller are doing lasting harm to our discourse by the accommodations they have made to religious irrationality.
-- Sam Harris, "The Politics of Ignorance"

What makes the above quote all the more important is the behavior of the Trump administration in its denial of science and empowerment of Trump's badly uninformed pronouncements on virtually every important topic. In a world that depends more and more on the sophistication and benefit which science and technology affords us, this stupification of society is simply not tolerable.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2020 at 6:09pm

Scientia potentia est:
Knowledge is Power.

~ Sir Francis Bacon, Meditationes Sacrae (1597),

during the Enlightenment.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2020 at 4:36pm

Indeed they do, Joan. Very well put!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2020 at 4:25pm

Facts empower … to those who know how to find them
~ me

Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2020 at 8:08am

Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor — but they have few followers now.
-- Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End

I think Clarke got this one wrong, honestly. While science may ignore religion, religionists don't. They continue to cling to the dogma and doctrines, and as long as they do, humankind will continue to be blighted by its influence.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2020 at 9:12am

Science can teach us, and I think our hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supporters, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make the world a fit place to live.
― Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays

A lovely lesson, Bertrand. Sadly, there are a lot of people out there who haven't learned it and apparently don't want to, either.

Comment by Patricia on March 26, 2020 at 12:47pm

That's a good one, Plinius!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2020 at 8:33am

You're more than welcome, Chris, and the feedback is always appreciated!

 

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