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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Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 2. 1 Reply

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2017 at 6:48am

Hmph ... more like "Christians aren't perfect, just indoctrinated."

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2017 at 2:19am

Bertold Brautigan

Real, confident atheists don't think it's offensive to say, "Merry Christmas." We think it's adorable.

--The Rude Pundit

Isn't the adorableness of it the most disturbing?

Sort of like the saying "Christians aren't perfect just forgiven?"

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 6:38pm

They call it Crimestop.  I call it self-censorship ... and I'll be damned if I'll practice it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

becoming fools [cc]

"Due to increasing enquiries from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, I'm now publishing this previously unlisted easter egg video. "—TT

~Theramin Trees 8/40

George Orwell

“The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

Comment by Gary S on December 28, 2017 at 5:17pm

I like that one Spud!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 4:17pm

Love it, Spud: tight, nasty, and to the point ... and it relates to another of my fave quotes:

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

And because we won't believe their absurdities, they feel moved to commit atrocities upon us and others ... and if the reality of that isn't currently going on with us, it IS with others. That's something I always keep in mind.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:59pm

Hahahaha......didn't realize it was so big until I posted.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:47pm

Wow!  That's a gig big thumbs up.  Thanks.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:44pm

Spud,

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:43pm

For god so loved the world that he will torture you forever for the finite "crime" of seeing no evidence of his existence.

--me

 

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