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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Truth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 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

Ideas

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 Joan Denoo on December 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

becoming fools [cc]

"Due to increasing enquiries from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, I'm now publishing this previously unlisted easter egg video. "—TT

~Theramin Trees 8/40

George Orwell

“The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

Comment by Gary S on December 28, 2017 at 5:17pm

I like that one Spud!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2017 at 4:47pm

Great one, Spud!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 4:17pm

Love it, Spud: tight, nasty, and to the point ... and it relates to another of my fave quotes:

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

And because we won't believe their absurdities, they feel moved to commit atrocities upon us and others ... and if the reality of that isn't currently going on with us, it IS with others. That's something I always keep in mind.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:59pm

Hahahaha......didn't realize it was so big until I posted.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:47pm

Wow!  That's a gig big thumbs up.  Thanks.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:44pm

Spud,

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:43pm

For god so loved the world that he will torture you forever for the finite "crime" of seeing no evidence of his existence.

--me

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:36pm

That's what I thought.  Since when was Christmas gone?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2017 at 3:25pm


Trump taking credit for "bringing Christmas back...bigger and better" is like standing in a rainstorm in a boat in the middle of a reservoir that was always full and declaring you have ended a drought. As much of a liar as you are, there will always be people who believe there was a drought and that you made it rain. But then again, that's how we got religions.

Real, confident atheists don't think it's offensive to say, "Merry Christmas." We think it's adorable.

--The Rude Pundit

 

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