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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 4, 2020 at 9:55pm

"I don't like fooling myself." Loren, that's called authenticity. LOL, so rare these days. A quality I admire.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 4, 2020 at 5:49am

-- Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
[click on image to enlarge]

Jonathan Livingston Seagull LOVED to fly. It wasn't just a mechanism to get food, as it was for most of the rest of the flock. For Jon, flight was a PASSION and a means for him to find his true self.

I'm only now beginning to learn that, if you really want to LIVE your life, you need something like that in you, driving you, as well as getting shut of those artificial things that limit you.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 3, 2020 at 10:14am

One reason to pray in secret: in a study comparing outcomes of bypass surgery patients, those who knew they were being prayed for actually had more complications!

(59%, vs. 52% and 51% in those being prayed for and not who didn't know which group they were in)

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in c... (abstract; full article paywalled)

Prayers Don't Help Heart Surgery Patients; Some Fare Worse When Pra... (Science Daily)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2020 at 7:46am

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
-- Matthew 6:5-6

Regardless of whether there actually WAS a Jesus to say the above or not, I would have to say that is among the most ignored quotes in the bible. The reason I say so is left as an exercise for the student.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2020 at 5:18pm

I'd make a LOUSY propagandist, mostly because at some level, to fool others, you have to fool yourself as well, and I am LOUSY at fooling myself.  Besides that, I don't LIKE fooling myself.

I had a look at the getbadnews website, but didn't follow through.  Just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2020 at 2:57pm

Going back to "cognitive immunity", here's an attempt by Cambridge University researchers to "vaccinate" people by letting you play the role of a propagandist: https://www.getbadnews.com/

Since this is a quotations group:

"From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can."

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2020 at 2:50pm

Just one example of Christianity's distinct ideas about the Trinity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filioque

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2020 at 6:43am

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. it is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
-- Thomas Jefferson to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 30 July 1816

Anyone who wants to so much as intimate that Thomas Jefferson was neutral regarding Christianity should read the above ... and be appropriately disabused of that misguided notion.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2020 at 6:07am

We've lost our cognitive immunity ... We've lost our ability to sort out fact from fiction and science from science-fiction, because 1) we have a network that's been in the business of making people angry and stupid, and at the same time, we have social networks, whether it's Facebook or Twitter or others that ... are like open sewers. They're full of untreated, unfiltered information. They have diamonds and rubies and gold and gems, and they have toxic waste, rusty cans and broken glass, and if you don't have a population that has the filters that can sort out one from the other, you get where we are today. Then overlay on that, Bill, we're kind of caught between what I call breaking news and president breaking bad.
-- Thomas Friedman, from Real Time with Bill Maher

Here in a paragraph, Mr. Friedman expresses the devolution of American culture, catalyzed by the sizzle-over-steak trend largely started by Ronald Reagan, fostered and nourished by the advent of sound-bite journalism, and damned near perfected by Donald Trump. We are flirting with the kind of dystopian reality expressed by the movie, Idiocracy, and all of us should be terrified by that.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2020 at 6:04am

A god that rewards credulity, a god that sanctions slavery, is unworthy of any kind of reverence or respect or devotion.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Credulity amounts to mental slavery, even as slavery itself is a physical state. Once you are indebted to a god, it is damned hard to pay off the debt ... and of course, the representatives of that god want it that way.


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