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.

Discussion Forum


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 Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 11:46pm

Feeling helpless? Who? Me?

You are impeccably correct in your assessment!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2017 at 10:17pm
  • A.) Sweeney’s remedy was more effective.

Yeah, cutting edge

  • B.) “If I ever win the lottery, people will see how little respect I have for money.”

That somehow reminds me of Oscar Wilde's There's only one thing worse than not getting what you want -- and that is, getting it.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 10:10pm
Here’s a quotation:
“If I ever win the lottery, people will see how little respect I have for money.”
~~ Me.
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 9:50pm
Bert, Pirelli’s elixir? Sweeney’s remedy was more effective.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2017 at 9:39pm

I haven't done the research, but I'd surmise there's a more or less direct correspondence between money spent and victories on these campaigns. David doesn't regularly kick Goliath's ass on these. I'll grant you that they may be our last, best chance, but only in the same sense that winning the lottery may be someone's last, best chance.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 9:37pm
Joan! An Orange Nightmare?

A problem? Yes. Also an opportunity to learn.

Hurl invective carefully; folks with nightmares may benefit from professional help about their feeling powerless. That was once my problem.
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 9:22pm
Bert, California’s history of having been a plaything of the Southern Pacific RR might have made us more careful than folks in Washington state.

Or I may be less choosy than you.

How do you support your claim that ballot measures are no less corruptible by $ than any cheap politician?

You may be more choosy than I.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2017 at 8:54pm

Tom, you hawk the virtues of the direct initiative and referendum like Pirelli hawked his miracle elixir in Sweeny Todd.  I've worked on ballot measures. They're no less corruptible by $ than any cheap politician.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 8:35pm
Bert, according to my research Fisher Ames was a somewhat corrupt member of the early US House of Representatives. He also had a way with words.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2017 at 8:20pm

Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758-1808)]

           --Online Etymological Dictionary

(And that ain't happenin' any time soon.)


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