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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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 Loren Miller on June 9, 2020 at 5:31am

No matter how cynical you get, it’s almost impossible to keep up.
-- Lily Tomlin

Cynicism in a time like the present is all too easy to fall back onto. The fact is, though, while almost all of us indulge in it, we can't afford to lean on it exclusively. Our situation wants attention and action, needs it badly. Dismissing it by being a cynic only allows the status quo to persist.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2020 at 5:52am

Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless, like water.
You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.

-- Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was wise beyond his years, not just in his encyclopedic understanding of kung fu, but in his rejection of "styles" of martial arts, rejection of races in favor of the human race, rejection of anything that would have the effect of DIVIDING one from another. He was way ahead of the curve, and back when he left us, hardly anyone knew that ... and not that many more know it now.

The above comes from my watching the documentary, Be Water, which was shown on ESPN last night.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2020 at 1:14pm

SOME of us aren't who we think we are.  Some pretty much amount to the Dunning-Kruger principle run amuck!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2020 at 12:40pm

"We aren't who we think we are. We've spent the last 20 years acting as if we can be dumb as we want to be... dumb as we want to be. We don't have to believe in climate change, we don't have to invest in resilience, we have to believe in science, we can just be ideological, we can elect a complete huckster named Donald Trump and make him president of the United States. And assume that in a crisis he will perform any better than a used car salesman and actually suggest to people they ingest detergent as a way of cleaning out their bodies. So if we as a country behave with such reckless disregard for our governing systems that have made us great, and the people you need and want to run those systems, then we get what we deserve and this has been a huge wake-up call. We are not who we think we are."

~ Thomas Friedman,  06-05-2020. Full Transcript: Thomas Friedman on the world after novel coronavirus pandemic.  India Today - Web Desk. 

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

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well fought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.
-- Ronald Reagan

The above may be very true, but it doesn't excuse the record of the man saying it.  The blunt fact is that Reagan was only marginally a better actor-president than the current one is an idiot-president. I have to genuinely wonder if Ronnie would have any idea how much his sizzle-over-steak approach to the office did to damage both it and our nation, never mind his embrace of the Religious Reich.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 6, 2020 at 5:50am

You tell me where a man gets his corn pone, and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
-- Mark Twain

Which matches well with a quote I posted some time back:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
-- Upton Sinclair

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2020 at 3:19pm

Two killer quotes, GC!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 5, 2020 at 3:06pm

...for most of you, who I assume (and hope) will be white... most likely you never received a formal class or explanation... At some early age... it dawned on you... that you would never want to be black. Because you realized, even without being explicitly told, that being white makes life easier...

And if you're really honest... You realized that, if you wanted, by being white you could make things hard — much harder — for others. Especially black folks.

--Bryan Massingale

in "The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it", National Catholic Reporter, June 1.

The article's subhead is "Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that's the problem."

Bolding added.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 5, 2020 at 2:48pm

Every white person in this country — I do not care what he says or she says — knows one thing. They may not know, as they put it, "what I want," but they know they would not like to be black here.

-- James Baldwin, Jan. 15, 1979, at Univ. of California at Berkeley (clip)
(full speech on C-Span / YouTube)
Bolding is mine.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2020 at 6:18am

I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words "Equal Justice Under Law" are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation.
-- James Mattis

Very well put, sir. I can't add anything of value to that.

 

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