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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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 Idaho Spud on December 10, 2017 at 10:51am

I agree Loren.  jesus is NOT a god of love.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 10, 2017 at 9:53am

Just keep asking yourself: What would Jesus not do?
― Chuck Palahniuk

Point taken, Chuck. It would seem as though Jesus would threaten us with death for not letting him rule over us (Luke 19:27), never mind dismiss us after that into a lake of fire (Matthew 25:46) for having the unmitigated nerve not to believe in him on bad evidence. I haven't even talked about his cursing a fig tree for not producing fruit out of season or going after the buyers and sellers in the temple with a whip.

And this is the representative of a god of love? IN A PIG'S EYE!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 9, 2017 at 7:57am

The first casualty of learning is IGNORANCE.  If theists truly wanted to learn, then theism would become such a casualty.
-- me

Overall, I suspect that ignorance, whether inadvertent or purposeful, is the single biggest foe we have to fight against. This holds true in any discussion about unearned privilege: social, religious, political, or corporate.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 8, 2017 at 5:47pm

It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.

--Benjamin Franklin

Comment by Loren Miller on December 8, 2017 at 6:45am

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.
-- Thomas Jefferson

I find this quote remarkable, in that 200+ years ago when our Constitution was being formulated, the founders recognized religious diversity as an issue and very purposefully dealt with it. Now in some places, religious diversity is a curiosity or a no-op, and allowances for it are treated as optional. Yet another case of people not knowing (or caring) about their history.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 11:39am

Hamlet’s a dull fuck of a story where a fellow stands around lamenting how useless he is even to his own self, and then there’s a pansy swordfight and it’s over.

--Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 11:34am

“Confirmation bias” has mutated from a hazard of academic research to a menacing political and social phenomenon.

--Mitch Daniels

Comment by Loren Miller on December 7, 2017 at 5:40am

I do not fear death. I'd been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience.
--Mark Twain

And if those billions of years went unnoticed in your consciousness, why should billions or trillions more after your physiology fails be of any concern? [grin!] An oft-noted and poignant quote from Mr. Clemons. I wonder if he and Ingersoll ever met...

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2017 at 2:40am

Excellent quotes, all!

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2017 at 4:03pm

Agreed!

 

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