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.

Discussion Forum

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 Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 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

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 Randall Smith on April 11, 2020 at 7:09am

Agreed!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 11, 2020 at 6:08am

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower.
We come on the ship that sailed the moon.
We come in the age's most uncertain hour,
And sing an American tune.

Oh, but it's all right.
It's all right, it's all right.
You can be forever blest.
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day,
And I'm trying to get some rest.
That's all, I'm just trying to get some rest.

-- Paul Simon, "An American Tune"

Paul has written his share of anthems of one form or another over his career, but none so significant or important as this. It has that balance of a sense of reality, the situation on the ground, mixed with the kind of practical optimism which I would like to believe is a hallmark of Americans at their best.

And that's the kind of attitude I think we need right about now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2020 at 6:14pm

Indeed, god loves his sheep, following along as obedient and submissive, the ingredients of a mental disorder. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2020 at 6:30am

Indeed ... all the contradictory bullshit, setting one up as a slave before a god who shows all the signs of abusive spouse syndrome ... why anyone would willingly tie themselves to such beliefs isn't quite beyond me, but it's trying awfully hard!

Comment by Patricia on April 9, 2020 at 1:05pm

What is hated in a fellow human being, is loved in their gawd.....weird!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2020 at 9:50am

I studied every page of this book, and I didn't find enough love to fill a salt shaker. God is not love in the Bible; God is vengeance, from Alpha to Omega.
-- Ruth Hurmence Green

Yup ... pretty much. Vengeance and anger and pettiness and micro-managing and stupid so often it beggars belief ... which is probably why I DON'T believe!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2020 at 7:43am

When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its Professors are oblig'd to call for the help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
-- Benjamin Franklin

As it comes to religions, frankly, I've seen a lot more bad signs than good lately.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2020 at 10:14pm

Instead, Joan, what said god has worked out to be is, as Richard Dawkins described him, "the most unpleasant character in all fiction ... a capriciously malevolent BULLY."  Made worse by the fact that it doesn't exist, but is an imagination of those who want to use that invention as a lever against the rest of humanity.

I have to wonder if they know what they have tethered their cart to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2020 at 9:52pm

Loren, I, too, hoped with G. Washington "that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians."

Part of the reason I no longer believe in god and any holy scriptures because religion causes so much strive. If there were a god, he/she/it would be a reconciling one. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2020 at 9:48pm

Grinning Cat, I could find Bizet's symphony, but not Rounds Galore on the internet. I did find a way to access the Rounds to purchase. Cheap old me, do you know of the Rounds that I can listen to on the internet. Pete Seeger is on their recordings, too, and I enjoy listening to his style. Sol Weber, in Rounds, appears to be an interesting character, too. 

 

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