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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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 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!

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2020 at 8:06am

I never thank you for the things you post, but I enjoy them every day!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2020 at 7:08am

Excellent, Chris!  Thank you!

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2020 at 7:04am

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2020 at 6:51am

Facts are intimidating … to those who don’t have them.
-- me

And it seems to me that is a primary problem with Trump and his administration: a yawning gap between what they assert and what is true, which is why they try to spin and prevaricate and why their stories sometimes change with the hours of the day.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2020 at 7:34am

So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
-- Richard Dawkins

Got to think of them evil boojums and left-handed zindlefingers, too, Richard! [grin!]

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2020 at 8:53am

Once an honest creationist gets into this debate with somebody who knows both sides of the controversy better than he knows his own alone, he will very quickly face a life-altering choice: whether to remain honest or whether to remain creationist, because it is no longer possible to be both. They either admit that there is substantial evidence for evolution and nothing at all for creationism, or they learn to lie about that and justify it in their own minds, because it is not possible to defend creationism honestly.
-- Aron Ra

I don't know how many "honest" creationists there are out there, but Aron's formula holds, nevertheless. The truth is what the facts are, as he would say, and a failure to acknowledge established facts amounts to an equal failure at an honest attempt to defend creationism.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 23, 2020 at 5:49am

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.
-- Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

Right with you, Christopher...

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2020 at 7:19am

I don’t know [why we're here]. People sometimes say to me, ‘Why don’t you admit that the humming bird, the butterfly, the Bird of Paradise are proof of the wonderful things produced by Creation?’ And I always say, well, when you say that, you’ve also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that’s got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and is slowly turning him blind. The Creator God that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm. Now I personally find that difficult to accommodate…
-- David Attenborough

Funny thing, Mr. Attenborough ... so do I.

 

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