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 tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 1:40pm
Who would teach their children Paul Wellstone’s view of politics?

Who would leave their children so poorly prepared for the world we live in?
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 1:24pm
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Joan, Paul Wellstone did not learn from history.
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Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 12:36pm
I found Quentin:
Quentin R. Bufogle is a freelance writer, blogger and novelist. A former contributing writer to the former Las Vegas CityLife, his work appears in the anthology: "Wish You Were Here: Stories and Essays Inspired by ...
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 2, 2017 at 12:17pm

That is a great Quentin R. Bufogle quote......btw.....who is Quentin R. Bufogle ? I looked him up and there is nothing about him on wiki.....

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 12:08pm
Loren, I know zip of Channel 19. Context matters.
When a hammer can be a weapon, bringing it down differs from putting it down.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 2, 2017 at 10:18am

Agreed... Popular Vote Loser 45* is notably deficient in basic human empathy.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 2, 2017 at 9:32am

GC, as self-involved as Dolt 45 is, I have to wonder if he'd so much as flinch.  [sigh]

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 2, 2017 at 9:10am

On making sure the president realizes the gravity of the decision to "push that button" and initiate nuclear war:

My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer. The volunteer would carry with him a big, heavy butcher knife as he accompanied the President. If ever the President wanted to fire nuclear weapons, the only way he could do so would be for him first, with his own hands, to kill one human being. The President says, “George, I’m sorry but tens of millions must die.” He has to look at someone and realize what death is—what an innocent death is. Blood on the White House carpet. It’s reality brought home.

When I suggested this to friends in the Pentagon they said, “My God, that’s terrible. Having to kill someone would distort the President’s judgment. He might never push the button.“

—Roger Fisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 1981

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 9:03am
Bertold Brautigan for Secretary of State!
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 9:01am
Quentin R. Bufogle for President!
 

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