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 Patricia on December 11, 2017 at 9:39pm

Good one.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2017 at 9:37pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2017 at 8:25pm

Honestly, Bertold, if I had been a reporter hearing that jackass Sanders say that, I may have walked out of the press room in disgust.  This administration, through Trump, Spicer, Sanders, and too many others, has been the source of more prevarication, mendacity, and outright LIES than any other in history!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2017 at 7:58pm

There’s a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people.You cannot say that it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information that you know to be false.

--Sarah Hucksterbee Slanders

Are you fucking kidding me???

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2017 at 7:43pm

"So Einstein was wrong when he said God does not throw dice. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen."

--Stephen Hawking

(That Yahweh, he's such a trickster! I'll take Loki any day.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2017 at 11:31am

Those are both gems, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2017 at 5:30am

I distrust those who know so well what God wants because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
--Susan B. Anthony

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
-- from Usenet

It has been suggested that the plaintiffs in the Masterpiece Cakeshop court case are using religion as an excuse to discriminate. Were I a lawyer in that action, I would be tempted to submit the above two quotes as commentary on the case.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 10, 2017 at 5:08pm

Yeah - instead we get shit like this--

Sinclair Forces Pro-Trump Segments on Stations
The Providence Journal reports that IBEW locals are complaining that Sinclair Broadcasting is forcing local stations to air Trump Propaganda


And this--


Facebook partners with conservative misinformer The Weekly Standard on fact-checking
The Weekly Standard becomes the only partisan organization tasked with fact-checking for Facebook

Proving the old saying that Anyone who ISN'T paranoid these days s crazy.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 10, 2017 at 4:54pm

A powerful and cogent point, Bertold. What a shame nobody these days can be bothered to hear such things ... or almost no one.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 10, 2017 at 4:51pm

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.


Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

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