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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Ideas

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 October 12, 2017 at 6:31am

Excellent, Patricia, and very damned true.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 10:17pm

Take responsibility

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 11, 2017 at 8:12pm

Nice one, Alan. A religious upbringing, unless it's an exposure to the many choices, including none of the above, is pure unadulterated child abuse in my book. I haven't encountered Ruth Green before, but her thought here is very impressive.

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 11, 2017 at 8:01pm

And in that spirit,

"I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion...if the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?"

-Ruth Hurmence Green 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 11, 2017 at 7:55pm

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 7:32pm

All good ones!

Comment by Gary S on October 11, 2017 at 7:28pm

I like that one Bertold. It also made me think of this one:

The Bible is not a moral guide. Any man who follows faithfully all its teachings is an enemy of society and  will probably end his days in a prison or an asylum.

- Robert Ingersoll

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 11, 2017 at 6:56pm

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 6:01pm

This was just on our news the other night.....quite impressive, we thought.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3784330/sooke-home-lego-green-fireproof/

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 5:41pm

"Cities are not immortal. Economics and wars can kill them, but so can storms and fires. That’s especially true if cities aren’t built to resist—if cities are built in ways that make the change worse instead of fighting it.

"So keep thinking about blame as northern California rebuilds—if regulations get brave enough to insist on denser cities, less flammable materials, different ornamental vegetation, underground power lines. The risk of fire will never be zero, but everyone knows what would knock a few points off. Whether anyone will make those changes—well, the red wind makes people do crazy things."

Adam Rogers 

Living in the forest, as we do, and learning how to prevent fires as well as fight them, we look to non-flammable building materials and ornamental vegetation and designs that resist spread of flames to homes. That is the price we pay for living in a forest. 

With the trees of this forest under stress from lack of moisture and soils under the forests dried out, the forests, its undergrowth, and the soils act as kindling to spreading flames. 

 

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