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 Patricia on Thursday

Absolute total selfish greed.

Comment by Plinius on Thursday

But he's hogging medicines that could help, so he can give favors to his sycophants and the others can drop dead...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday

"Under Trump’s leadership, the U.S., with 4 percent of the world’s population, has by now registered 20 percent of [COVID-19] cases. According to a study in a leading medical journal, almost all are attributable to the refusal by Trump and associates to respect the advice of scientists." Noam Chomsky

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

Every morning I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section, see if I'm listed, and if not, I have my breakfast.
-- Carl Reiner

I guess he didn't have breakfast yesterday, then. [sigh] You were a good man, Carl. You were smart and funny and you made us laugh a lot ... and we are gonna miss you.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday

That Ricky Gervais quote had me ROFL.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

You know, Neil, I wouldn't mind hearing an answer to that one, myself!

Comment by Patricia on June 29, 2020 at 12:46pm

I always said that nobody gets to tell me what I can/can't read, wear, eat/drink, or do, if it's not against the law or my medical issues. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 29, 2020 at 6:48am

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

And I for myself mean to stay both free and alive.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2020 at 5:25am

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.
-- Paul Henri Thiry d'Holbach, System of Nature

Sadly, said destruction is far more difficult than the creation process was, considering how entangled gods have become in human culture. Nevertheless, Paul is right here. The more we understand about our reality and the mechanisms which caused it to be, the less any god will have a place in it.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 27, 2020 at 5:30am

God is an hypothesis, and, as such, stands in need of proof: the onus probandi [burden of proof] rests on the theist.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley

And to date, that burden has remained unmet ... and I suspect will continue to be so for some time.


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