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.

Discussion Forum


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 Bertold Brautigan on August 2, 2018 at 4:13pm

Any kind of fundamentalism is always a sign of inertia and entropy on the individual level.

~Carl Abrahamsson

Comment by Loren Miller on August 2, 2018 at 9:39am

Considering the "Age of Trump" and the perpetual lies and bullshit ... Barnum had no clue, Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2018 at 9:17am

I do think Barnum was low-balling it.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 2, 2018 at 6:08am

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.
-- H.L. Mencken

Mencken sure had a way with words, didn't he? [grin!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 1, 2018 at 3:09pm

One of these days we are all going to have to come to grips with the fact that, when he said there was one born every minute, Mr. Barnum was low-balling it.

~Charles Pierce

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2018 at 9:23am

Good idea Loren.  If I could find a coffee that wasn't nasty bitter, I'd go for it.

One reason it took me a minute may be that Theo is one of my brothers.  Everyone wants to be my brother?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2018 at 7:57am

Spud, great quotes!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 1, 2018 at 6:08am

Coffee, Spud ... get your coffee, Spud ... SOON!  <grin!>

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2018 at 6:06am

Took me a minute to figure out what "Theo" meant.

Yes, that is the trouble.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 1, 2018 at 5:42am

The trouble with theocracy is that everyone wants to be Theo.
– James Dunn

Gee ... funny thing, that.


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