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 Loren Miller on August 28, 2018 at 5:47am

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
-- Albert Einstein

It frequently astonishes me how some believers either inadvertently or purposefully misunderstand Einstein's occasional references to a deity ... but then, I wonder how many of them have ever heard of Spinoza!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2018 at 2:33pm

Odd you bring up the status of gods prior to the christian era. 

During my trip with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler, I heard of the gods and goddesses before the Christian era began. 

Pandora was a goddess with a jar of treasures: water, fresh air, fertile soils, sunshine, game, grains, herbs, tubers, all the things that humans need to be healthy. 

The Devil was a man with a spear who provided protection, he was a friend. 

There were the gods of the daylit skies, the Sun goddess. the goddess of the dawn, the storm god, the agriculture god, and countless others.

Christianity goes into a region, usurps the god/s of their tradition and reframes them into christian figures. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 27, 2018 at 12:00pm
"Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God . . . especially when their gods become threatened."

~Dan Brown
Comment by Loren Miller on August 27, 2018 at 5:49am

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
-- Leonard Bernstein

I caught the above quote as part of Google's celebration of Lenny's hundredth birthday and thought it was both a good laugh and more than a little pithy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2018 at 4:26pm
For the $3-trillion that was spent a decade ago bailing-out the shareholders of two corrupt mortgage lenders and a failing bank we could have built enough offshore wind turbines to power the entire planet, fixing dangerous climate-change globally and permanently.

Dr David Page

Comment by Loren Miller on August 26, 2018 at 6:02am

When it is recalled that until the Christian era the underworld was never regarded as a hostile area, that all gods were useful and essentially friendly to man despite occasional lapses when we see the steady methodical inculcation into humanity of the idea of man's worthlessness - until redeemed - the necessity of the Devil may become evident as a weapon, a weapon designed and used time and time again in every age to whip men into a surrender to a particular church or church state.
-- Arthur Miller

Is it really the devil that is responsible or is it Yahweh himself, since he created the whole shootin' match in the first place? Besides, look at the number of deaths executed or ordered by him versus those by Beelzebub, and the comparison is ludicrous.  The clear enemy is Yahweh, himself.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2018 at 3:16pm

ROFL Great quote, Joan!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2018 at 2:33pm

[groan!] Too true, Joan, too true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2018 at 2:31pm

Q: How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Republicans don't change light bulbs. They hide the ladders, sell the bulbs, blame Democrats for the dark, and send thoughts and prayers to anyone who trips.

~ Middle Age Riot
‏@middleageriot
Aug 16

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2018 at 1:36pm
Pecker may be able to spurt out some funky spunk in dribs and drabs, but this Weissselberg, if wielded properly, can penetrate deep into the Trump Organization's nether regions and blast away. And I doubt that Team Mueller will be inclined to use any lube.
~A responder to Charlie Pierce's Esquire blog. (Used with permission)
 

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