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 yesterday. 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

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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 Plinius on January 2, 2019 at 5:26am

We are told that Divine qualities are not of a nature to be grasped by limited minds. The natural consequence of this principle ought to be that the Divine qualities are not made to employ limited minds; but religion assures us that limited minds should never lose sight of this inconceivable being, whose qualities can not be grasped by them: from which we see that religion is the art of occupying limited minds with that which is impossible for them to comprehend.

Jean Meslier 1732

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2019 at 12:05am

Most “people do not think like scientists. Scientists keep an open mind and draw no conclusions until they gather evidence, and then they let the evidence speak to them. That's the scientific way of thinking.”

“Most people, most of the time, think like lawyers, i.e., they have a case, they have their conclusion in hand, and they're going out, gathering information, trying to build a case for it. Most people, most of the time, think like lawyers and reason like lawyers, not like scientists.

~ David Roberts, Why Is This Happening? Assessing America's informati...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2019 at 5:56pm

Bertold, your Cohen quote defines my wish for the next POTUS.

☑︎ A president who does not lie,

☑︎ who does not try to buy the silence of a porn star,

☑︎ who makes his taxes public,

☑︎ who leaves moneymaking behind,

☑︎ who does not turn his political party into a beer-hall collection of ideological goons,

☑︎ who rages at the murder of a journalist by a foreign country,

☑︎ who respects the importance of a free press . . .

= Trump turned the White House into a madhouse

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2019 at 4:37pm

Thank you very much, Joan, that's very kind of you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2019 at 4:34pm

Loren, your self-quote rings true for me, more than "pretty good" it tolls a powerful reminder from where our knowledge resides.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 1, 2019 at 4:06pm

Great Emerson quote, Loren!

I like the Cohen quote too, Bertold. Thanks!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2019 at 3:40pm

As they say in the vernacular, Bertold, THAT is no shit!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 1, 2019 at 3:18pm

Trump’s one certain achievement will be to leave his successor an America that will become greater just by his leaving office. A president who does not lie, who does not try to buy the silence of a porn star, who makes his taxes public, who leaves moneymaking behind, who does not turn his political party into a beer-hall collection of ideological goons, who rages at the murder of a journalist by a foreign country, who respects the importance of a free press . . . such a president will make America greater just by showing up.


~Richard Cohen, WAPO

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2019 at 7:52am

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
-- Edward R. Murrow

A lesson a certain chief executive and a large number of fundamentalist Christians could stand to learn and closely related to the following:

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2018 at 6:07am

Saying god wants this or god did that is a mechanism for deferring responsibility or a need to understand for oneself the dynamics that are going on in one's life. A favorite phrase of one of the best men I ever knew was: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Being willing to LOOK at oneself and to understand one's behavior is the first step toward taking possession of one's own life, while at the same time obviating the need to credit or blame some nonexistent deity for what is going on.

To me, that is the single most important lesson, and you can teach it to yourself. No deity is necessary.

-- me

Pardon me for tooting my own horn, but I think that one's pretty good.

 

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