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

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

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Comment by Plinius on Monday

It is, Loren! Perfectly illustrating the uneasy feelings I get in the street.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

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I just thought this was brilliant ... that's all.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.
-- H. L. Mencken

And that last quality generally comes from the blinkered, tunnel-visioned nature of the person proposing said solution. Many times I told my the students of my maintenance training classes: "Take in the ENTIRE system, the whole situation. Wide-angle vision is what is needed to solve these kinds of problems."

Comment by Plinius on Sunday

I love the slithy toves too, they make you play with language and wonder about it. Or think out spoonerisms.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

I'll stipulate that, Ruth.  I am NO fan at all of POE or anything resembling POE, because it skirts too close to the truth, and in the case of religion, an ugly, reductionist truth, which has no use for fact, let alone nuance.

That said, nonsense and absurdity are my favorite forms of humor.  I have loved the "slithy toves" and those outgrave mome raths since I was a kid, because they were outrageous and fun ... and made me laugh again and again, whether it was: "Could you walk a little faster / Said a whiting to a snail?" or "Beautiful soup, who cares for fish / Game or any other dish?"  I can still hear Beatrice Lillie, Cyril Richard and Boris Karloff recite those lines from a record I had over 60 years ago.

And I cherish all of that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday

Nonsense is only fun when you can tell that it's nonsense, Loren. Losing the capacity to distinguish reality from nonsense-that-appeals is extraordinarily dangerous.

Comment by Patricia on Saturday

Or, ''how odd''.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ...
-- Isaac Asimov

I love this quote, because it carries with it the curiosity and delight of discovering something we didn't know before ... and right after the "that's funny" comes: "I didn't expect that outcome. I wonder why that happened."

And at that point, the sleuth is on!

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

A little nonsense now and then
Is relished by the wisest men.

-- Roald Dahl

Nonsense can be fun. All you have to do is read Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" to discover that truth. Sadly, there are those among us in the US and elsewhere who have abused that privilege to the point of absurdity.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

Don’t tell me I can’t know something!

-- Jillian Freeland, recounting her father and stepmother's refusal to let her participate in sex education classes. She's now the openly humanist Democratic candidate for Colorado's 5th House district. More at Friendly Atheist: "Humanist Candidate Jillian Freeland Will Face GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn..."


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