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.

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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 Loren Miller on April 6, 2020 at 7:32am

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The FFRF just published two videos, highlighting classical composers who were non-believers, featuring Jarred Dunn on piano, playing some of their works.  I may post those here if anyone is interested.  The music and conversations between Dunn and Dan Barker were well worth the time spent.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2020 at 10:15am

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T. S. Elliot

It's called "pushing the envelope," and Elliot has it exactly right, in that it's the only way we learn and grow.

Comment by Patricia on April 4, 2020 at 1:13pm

The ones not learning, make this virus so much more frightening! Just compare Canada, & the US.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 4, 2020 at 8:07am

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An important lesson to learn, especially considering that it's pretty clear that CERTAIN people out there appear to be determined NOT to learn it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2020 at 12:44am

An especially rich day of quotes; thanks Loren, Patricia, and Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2020 at 7:02pm

About Trump: "So while he’s taking advantage of the crisis to stage daily extra-long episodes of the Trump Show with guest appearances from Mike Pence and public health officials, the executive branch of the federal government is mostly missing in action." Matthew Yglesias

We let CNN accumulate in our buffer, so we can fast forward through the Trump and Pence performances.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2020 at 6:33pm

Good quotes, Loren and Patricia. Thanks.

Comment by Patricia on April 3, 2020 at 4:16pm

Just saw it on another site, & thought it worth posting here.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2020 at 3:36pm

That's a goodie, Patricia!  Thank you!

Comment by Patricia on April 3, 2020 at 3:03pm

“Investigations into the beginnings of religion have accumulated steadily throughout the past century. It is only by great efforts of censorship, by sectarian education of an elaborately protected sort, and the like, that ignorance about them is maintained.”

—H. G. Wells


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