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 Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 11:54pm

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars."

~ Henry Van Dyke

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 9:06pm

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.

~ John Adams

Comment by Patricia on November 30, 2017 at 1:21pm

''Gawd will provide'' is another that bit the dust big time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2017 at 8:26am

I'm pleased that I've had several things that I held as true for 50 years, proven utterly wrong.  Homosexuality being evil was one.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 30, 2017 at 6:46am

We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
-- Carl Sagan

After a fashion, this quote meshes with something Lawrence Krauss said more recently, to the effect that he wishes that everyone had, at some point in their life, something they held as true proven utterly wrong. Reality isn't here to conform to our expectations of it. Quite the contrary, we have to alter ourselves to comprehend and accurately, quantifiably describe how reality works, if those descriptions are to be of any use.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:04pm

Exactly.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 10:03pm

Not bribery, nor a gun to our heads, in the form of an eternal punishment of which not ONE of their followers can demonstrate the existence.

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- Aron Ra

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:01pm

We also don't need bribery to be helpful.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 9:59pm

Just, plain BRILLIANT, Patricia ... and utterly correct.  Without acolytes, religion falls of its own weight.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 9:56pm

 

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