Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


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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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jan 15. 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

Tags: Truth


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 Loren Miller on January 17, 2018 at 7:49am

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
-- H. L. Mencken

And that includes killing the man in front of you because he's not of the same tribe or because he loves the wrong person or because he has the unmitigated nerve to deny the existence of YOUR god.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 10:32pm

Speaking of port chops, Thomas, see Food.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 10:29pm

Loren, I am unable to get Prplfox's video. I will try another way. 

I Googled  Prplfox's video series and found his videos. Do you have one particular in mind?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 7:42pm

What does no-belief in a god or allah or yahway offer one? 

* a sense of wonder seeing the birth of a baby;

* gratitude to be alive and participating in life;

* appreciation of all one's senses, especially seeing the beauty of those we love, hearing the sounds of cooperative effort; smelling the aroma of bread baking in a wood stove oven, tasting a good cheese; touching the hand of the elder knowing life was not easy for that person;

* thinking with others to solve complex problems;

* engaging in manual labor while preparing the garden for spring planting;

*  meditating quietly in a garden retreat while finding peace and calm.

* gazing at the stars on a clear, cold night knowing that there are forces in nature that maintains order;

* realizing I am a scion of thousands of generations of mixes of  gene pools that inform my instincts;

* knowing I am a conscieous being, one of 7,447,830, 999+ Homo sapiens on the Earth;

* feeling profoundly grateful to be alive.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 7:26pm

I don't know the structure, but my guess would be he functions as Bill Donohue's left testicle.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2018 at 7:05pm

Damn, Bertold.  I have a tough time believing that Catholics are quite THAT STUPID.  I wonder if CV represents a fundamentalist or radical faction of the RCC.  Regardless, that Brian Burch quote you cited is disturbing at best!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 6:41pm

I wish. He's the perpetrator of a lovely publication (if by publication you mean foaming at the mouth rancid suppurating pustule of a hack propaganda missive) called Catholic Vote.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2018 at 6:34pm

Say what????

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 6:32pm

. . . Catholics have been pleasantly surprised by his first year in office. And that shows in our survey results. Just under 5% said Trump had done a poor job. Another 7% were neutral on his first year. But 45% said Trump’s first year was good and 44% said it was excellent.

--Brian Burch

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 8:32am

Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.



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