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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 13, 2020 at 11:57pm

"The United States is the only major country that cannot even provide data to the World Health Organization, because it’s so dysfunctional." Noam Chomsky

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2020 at 11:29pm
Comment by Patricia on April 13, 2020 at 1:14pm

Don't forget the ''toxic'' part...

Comment by Loren Miller on April 13, 2020 at 9:19am

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Religion, in short, is a PARASITE ... and should be recognized as such.

Comment by Patricia on April 12, 2020 at 12:45pm

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts. – Roger Bacon. (c. 1219/20 – c. 1292)

Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2020 at 9:38am

Fear is an incompetent teacher.
-- Jean-Luc Picard

No kidding, Jean-Luc. I mean, who learns well with a gun to their heads?

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


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!


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