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 October 15, 2018 at 8:05am

Indeed, an essential classic, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 15, 2018 at 7:16am

Forever a classic.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2018 at 5:46am

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...
-- Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11 (excerpted)

So, the United States was formed as a Christian nation, was it? The founders of this nation, including George Washington and John Adams, a signatory to this document, thought otherwise. Anytime anyone wishes to assert the Christian nature of this land, three statements of law at minimum should be used as rebuttal:

  • US Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3
  • US Constitution, First Amendment, "Establishment Clause"
  • Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11

These are the law of the land, not some vague statement regarding the intentions of those who formed it, but expressed and codified law. Anyone saying otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2018 at 6:49am

If Jesus had been an actual historical figure we have a thorny paradox. Either this Jesus was a remarkable individual who said and did a host of amazing, revolutionary things – but no one outside his fringe cult noticed for over a century. Or he didn’t – and yet shortly after his death, tiny communities of worshipers that cannot agree about the most basic facts of his life spring up, scattered all across the empire. The truth is inescapable: there simply could never have been a historical Jesus.
-- David Fitzgerald

I will admit to not being 100% certain of the whole mythicist position, but the very fact cited by Mr. Fitzgerald above strikes me as strong evidence in favor of that position.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2018 at 6:43am

You have a right to your own opinions, but you do not have a right to your own facts.
-- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Would that Senator Moynihan were still alive and able to add to the counterweight of those confronted with the current chief executive. I suspect he would have considerably more to add to the above quote!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 12, 2018 at 10:29pm

Ed Simon compares neolilberal capitalism to religion, in the context of climate destabilization.

Even the most visionary of individual perspectives must be limited by a culture’s dominant way of thinking, but while our adherence to the market is as all-encompassing as a Babylonian’s loyalty to Marduk, it is only our dark religion which actually threatens Armageddon.

Capitalism’s Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecologica...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2018 at 8:38pm

Yes, perfect! Religion is one of the more dangerous parasites infesting our poor little planet.

But then so are we.

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 7:05pm

I thought so.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 6:49pm

Very possible one of RGI's BEST quotes, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 6:40pm

"Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver." -Robert G. Ingersoll

 

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