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 April 3, 2020 at 5:52am

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
-- Jane Goodall

Brief, simple, to the point, and applicable regardless of whether you're talking about religion, politics, the environment, or any other important topic.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 2, 2020 at 7:03am

Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me — the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love — He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us — nature did it all — not the gods of the religions.
-- Thomas Edison

The man makes a point here, I think!

Comment by Patricia on April 1, 2020 at 12:42pm

Still a favourite.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 1, 2020 at 8:16am
You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.
-- Richard Jeni

An oldie but a goodie for your enjoyment!
Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2020 at 2:05pm

As regards that, Joan (and falling back on my buddy, Bob [again!]), here's one I posted some time back which reposting won't hurt at all:

What are the facts? Again and again and again -- what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars fortell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" -- what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2020 at 1:41pm

"focus on the facts, take appropriate steps and have realistic expectations of what this disease can do. Perspective is lacking and needed."

Andrew Busch, MAR 1, 2020. Corona Virus Pandemic Panic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2020 at 1:36pm

“We need to continue to be rational. Irrationality doesn’t help. We need to deal with the facts.”

~ Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director General

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.


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