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 Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 8:10pm

It might be, Chris ... IF he can be objective about his experience.

Comment by Chris on December 13, 2017 at 4:13pm

It will be benificial if Spicer writes a book about his time as Press Secretary.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 8:52am

Damn, Bertold!  I never would have thought that brand of writing would come out of USA Today, and it's refreshing to see.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 13, 2017 at 8:14am

A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.

This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.

Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.


--USA Today Editorial Board

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 7:36am

The absence of proof goes with the absence of reason to believe.
-- KarnEvil

Rather variations on Hitchens' Razor, but expressed differently, and I like that.

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 2:00pm

I seem to be seeing a lot of M. Sherlock lately.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 1:56pm

On the nose, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 12:49pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 6:57am

If it doesn't matter what the facts are, then it doesn't matter what the truth is.
-- Aron Ra

If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it. Show people.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land



This is where the evangelicals fall down again and again. Their hand-waving is non-stop as it comes to insisting that their god exists, but suggest that they produce prima facie evidence for their deity and those same hands are empty.

WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2017 at 1:55am

Loren, that is what I think, he coulda, shoulda used Politifact if he really wanted non-bias. If he had done that, I would have a whole lot more respect for Zuckerberg's choices. 

 

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