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 Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 12 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 October 18, 2017 at 8:51pm

I feel your pain, Loren. But to me it's kind of like a psychological immune system. I feel like if I don't laugh I will go insane. (But I have still noticed a shift toward being more of a grouchy old asshole, I have to confess.)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
I guess my problem is that, with age, I have occasionally become somewhat curmudgeonly in my attitude. Things that might otherwise be perceived as funny wind up being either irritating or tragic. I haven't gone insane yet, but sometimes I wonder. It's just that I can't find it in myself to laugh at this kind of crap.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:19pm

Somehow that reminds me of Jimmy Buffet: If we weren't crazy we'd all go insane.

Comment by Gary S on October 18, 2017 at 8:03pm

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.

- Stephen Hawking

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:17am

While we're on the topic of mocking, here's a good one from Hemant Mehta:

Trying to prove God with The Bible is like trying to prove Superman with a comic book.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 8:08am

Bertold, your quote caused me to go looking for atheism quotes about ridiculing religion.  Here's one of 'em:

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.  Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity.  It is the mere abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 7:26am

The best way to defeat bigots is by laughter.

--Studs Kreitzer

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 6:40am

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
-- H. L. Mencken

Mencken had a remarkable ability to cut to the core truth of something in a mere handful of words. As evidence, I submit Exhibit A above.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2017 at 9:24pm

Bertold, priceless one, "Perfect your physics and you will understand Nature better, refine your reason, banish your prejudices and you’ll have no further need of your god."

Marquis de Sade, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, 1782

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 17, 2017 at 10:44am

That's what I think Loren.  Good quote Bertold.

 

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