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.

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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 Grinning Cat on August 12, 2018 at 10:11pm

Related to conformity and "sanity":

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

-- George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 12, 2018 at 9:59pm

One's "known world" would have to be very small and self-absorbed indeed to be bored.
-- Ruth Anthony-Gardner

Precisely, Ruth ... and that's what our enemies are: very small and self-absorbed.  Their loss.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2018 at 9:55pm

Great post about not understanding boredom, Joan. I don't get bored either. The greatest drama of human history is playing out, day by day. It might be a tragedy but - conflagrations, betrayals, new discoveries, new deprivations and systemic cancers - it makes your head spin. Scared, yeah. Bored? One's "known world" would have to be very small and self-absorbed indeed to be bored.

Comment by Patricia on August 12, 2018 at 3:08pm

Most definitely, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 12, 2018 at 2:34pm

The baron hit that nail square, didn't he, Patricia?

Comment by Patricia on August 12, 2018 at 2:11pm

Comment by Loren Miller on August 12, 2018 at 6:09am

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
-- Jonathan Swift

I have to ask, though: is it really "not enough" religion or TOO MUCH?!?

Comment by Loren Miller on August 12, 2018 at 6:07am

Shoot, Joan, I'll admit that my definition of "sane" is a more fanciful one than what you'll find in Merriam-Webster.  With it, I'm giving expression to my appreciation for unorthodoxy and thinking outside the box, as well as taking risks.  By my lights, "sane" people don't push the edges of the envelope, they tend to conform easily and they sure as hell DON'T challenge the system.

As I said, they are mostly BORING and BORED, and I ain't havin' any.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 10:22pm

Oh dear! I guess I need to know your definition of "sane" people. I observe those who create new tools to get a job done, or combine different sounds, or who incorporate unusual colors, or who hybridize plants, or who keep herds healthy, or who build soil with life in it, as sane people. They usually appear interesting to me because of their inquisitive minds and willingness to take risks. They also don't spend any time noticing those who do not experiment, and explore, and improvise. 

Republicans? Conservative: "We've always done it this way," or "If it was good enough for my father it was good enough for me," or "It can't be done," or any of the "Killer Phrases."

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 9:38pm

Postscript: Sane people don't take chances, they are more interested in covering their asses than they are in taking a flyer on something new and unusual, and mostly, they don't like those who DO take such chances.  By that definition, I'm not remotely sane.

But I do know those who are.  Mostly, they're called Republicans.


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