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 Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 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 Bertold Brautigan on January 13, 2019 at 12:17pm

I'm not sure, Loren. God may have helped Meryl Streep win the Oscar for Iron Lady.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2019 at 6:40am

There is no evidence to suggest that God helps people. There is, however, ample evidence that people can help themselves and each other.
-- Armin Navabi

If any god out there has ever directly intervened in the affairs of humankind, I know of no record of such an event. Without exception, any help that has ever been rendered to a human being has come, either directly or indirectly, from another human being. No god has ever been a part of such a process.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2019 at 4:06am

“You all know the argument from design: everything in the world is made just so that we can manage to live in the world, and if the world was ever so little different, we could not manage to live in it. That is the argument from design. It sometimes takes a rather curious form; for instance, it is argued that rabbits have white tails in order to be easy to shoot. I do not know how rabbits would view that application.”

Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related S...

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2019 at 6:11am

The sleep of reason produces monsters.
-- Goya

The second an irrational idea or concept is allowed to flourish and gain a foothold in the public sphere, there is virtually no limit to the number of additional irrationalities which will follow after.  There is hardly a religion on the face of this planet which hasn’t exploited this simple yet pernicious principle.
-- me

Goya says it more elegantly and in fewer words, but I think the principle needed to be spelled out.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2019 at 1:47am

I like that one very much, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2019 at 6:21pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2019 at 5:16pm

The reverse Midas Touch of this president* now has left the planet.

~Charles Pierce, (noting that the glitch with the Hubble telescope can't be fixed until mission operators return to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, where employees are on involuntary leave during the closure.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 4:28pm

When government uses their right of eminent domain on my property, I will put up a fight. Wait a minute, I own nothing. No house, or car and I have only a few books I saved from giving away.  Oh yes, I have garden tools that my father left me. The government wouldn't want them, I hope. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2019 at 1:30pm

The news won’t be so fake when it records government surveyors telling your daughter to move her bike so they can measure your front lawn for a guard tower

~Barry Friedman

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2019 at 1:06pm

I was about 6 when I started questioning that. I was a moron, but lived among protestants, catholics,  presbyterians, etc., & saw jws at the door....how could they all be right?

 

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