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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Ideas

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 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. 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. 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

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 8, 2018 at 6:44am

Love that one from the Hitch, Loren. Never heard it before. Maybe if Dolt 45 didnt exist the Republicans would have to invent him. Oh, wait!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 8, 2018 at 6:14am

Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.
― Christopher Hitchens

And once again, the Hitch hits the nail squarely on the head.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2018 at 3:01am

"Some religious people value submissiveness? Is that a group cohesiveness thing or a male need for dominance thing? ...and do the victims agree to this too? I have more thoughts and questions but this is a quotations group."

Thomas Murray 

I like your question, Thomas. The answer depends upon which era to which you refer. There is an excellent book that helps to explain the changing roles and values throughout human history. Male dominance in the animal kingdom often is used to justify male dominance in Homo sapiens, however human behavior has not always functioned in that way. 

If you are really interested in the history of submissiveness/dominance patterns of human behavior, an excellent book is The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue) by Riane Eisler.

“The Chalice and the Blade tells a new story of our cultural origins. It shows that warfare and the war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained. It provides verification that a better future is possible—and is in fact firmly rooted in the haunting dramas of what happened in our past.”

~  Goodreads

Comment by Plinius on January 8, 2018 at 2:46am

haha.. if you want to prove that you're right there's always something to support your 'proof'. 

Here it's rainy instead of cold. In December we had DOUBLE the amount of the average rainfall.

Comment by Patricia on January 8, 2018 at 1:26am

Good grief!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2018 at 1:24am

These two posts came in my Tweeter account today: 

“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
~ Donald J. Trump‏@realDonaldTrump

Response: 

"Global warming is fake because it is cold where I am. No one in the world is starving because I have food in my kitchen. Poverty isn't real because I just got paid. And around we go Forever.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 10:37pm

Chris, Patricia and Rick are "We." 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 7, 2018 at 8:13pm

Chris, you've got two choices. You can knock it off right now, or you can be suspended from this group for a week.

COOL IT.

Comment by Patricia on January 7, 2018 at 8:11pm

Rick does not control me. How dare you make assumptions.

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 8:05pm

Sorry if it seemed as though I was picking on you Patricia.

My posts were generalaties about wives who have over bearing husbands. I wasn't picking on you personally. 

My outbursts were about about men in general who control women, wifes, and children.

I hope that helps others understand my deleted posts.

Chris

 

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