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

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

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 1, 2020 at 12:56pm

Great Xun Zi quote, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2020 at 9:05am

You have it precisely, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2020 at 8:47am

It's not age that brings wisdom, but experience and the willingness to learn from it.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2020 at 7:54am

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
-- H.L. Mencken

Dennis Prager of that honored bogus institution, Prager University, recently opined that he doesn't regard Anne Frank as wise, because she was young and a secular Jew. Considering how thoroughly his own pronouncements have been dismantled by the likes of Brian Dalton and Aron Ra, seems to me that he would do well to reconsider his position and pay some heed to the Anne Franks and Greta Thunbergs and David Hoggs of this world.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2019 at 12:45pm

Good one.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2019 at 8:00am

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Pretty clever, these Chinese!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2019 at 7:03am

People learn religion because they are ignorant or gullible. They shed religion when their natural curiosity and quest for true knowledge ascertains that they have been lied to by their priests, rabbis, pastors or imams. This process is becoming more common as time goes on, as evinced by the decreasing numbers of believers (at least in the US) and the increasing numbers of the "nones."
-- me, on religion as mental disorder

I suppose I should have thrown in "desperately in need of an ANSWER" to the "ignorant or gullible" reasons for religion, but the quote still holds up for the large portion.

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2019 at 12:44pm

Wish there were many more like Hitch & Carlin.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2019 at 8:20am

What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.
-- Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Very few things piss me off in the way the stupidity does ... so you might well imagine how utterly pissed off I am in the here and now, as it comes to what I see in the news every day.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2019 at 7:13am

Thanks! I discovered "Science knows it doesn't know everything..." (and Dara Ó Briain himself) through a comment (with YouTube clip with lots more good stuff) at the Friendly Atheist article "German Bishops Are Reassessing the Catholic Church’s Beliefs on Homosexuality". The one about homeopathy is from his Wikiquote page (and on the same clip).

 

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