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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Truth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jan 15. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

Ideas

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10, 2018. 5 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25, 2018. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 6:41pm

I wish. He's the perpetrator of a lovely publication (if by publication you mean foaming at the mouth rancid suppurating pustule of a hack propaganda missive) called Catholic Vote.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2018 at 6:34pm

Say what????

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 6:32pm

. . . Catholics have been pleasantly surprised by his first year in office. And that shows in our survey results. Just under 5% said Trump had done a poor job. Another 7% were neutral on his first year. But 45% said Trump’s first year was good and 44% said it was excellent.

--Brian Burch

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 8:32am

Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.

--Voltaire

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2018 at 8:26am

I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.
― Clive Barker

Clive, I think you pretty well nailed it!  In fact, the above bears an interesting resemblance to the first sentence of Chapter Two from Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2018 at 7:48pm

Idaho, you've probably heard this one, same as I have:

A beneficent god wouldn't need to be worshiped.
A narcissistic god would demand it.
-- Anon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm

True, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on January 15, 2018 at 6:37pm

Sunday isn't exempt either.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2018 at 6:35pm

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Ernest W. Adams
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 15, 2018 at 9:11am

No argument on that, Loren. At the same time, the religious reich's support of a certain person who's turned the whitehouse into a shithole would seem to indicate that they don't serve ideas as much as they use the repugnant ideas to justify serving themselves.

 

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