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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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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 3 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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 24. 2 Replies

The debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig at Notre Dame in 2011 was particularly notable for one particular rebuttal by Harris to Craig, well into the debate.  Those 10 or so minutes…Continue

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 2 Replies

I wrote to Lawrence Krauss during the discussion of Big Bang vs Electric Universe:"Thurs, 5:54 PM, Lawrence, I belong to Atheist Nexus and a rather ugly debate began about the Big Bang Theory. One…Continue

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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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 9:11pm

I forgot, Grinning Cat, you are a musician. What is/are your instrument/s?

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 11, 2018 at 8:57pm

Even for this city boy, without turkeys around, I heartily concur, especially about all the books I haven't read yet, and all the pieces of music I haven't learned yet!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2018 at 8:45pm

I can't understand boredom! How can one be bored when the sun comes up and lights the way to all kinds of people, animals, chores, projects of all kinds, a nap or two, a beautifully prepared dinner, the comfort of a healthy bed, being snuggled in the quilt, and head on a homemade feather pillow?

And there are all those books that I have not read, yet!

OH! The turkeys are back, I counted 13 in this flock

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 7:35pm

I have my own take on that topic, Bertold:

It is the dyed-in-the-wool, starched-in-the-socks SANE people of this world who are the most BORING and the most BORED ... and I can't bring myself to be either.
-- me

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 11, 2018 at 6:02pm

No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time.

~Alan Watts

Comment by Patricia on August 11, 2018 at 1:14pm

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2018 at 6:19am

Fear is the mother of all gods.
-- Lucretius

You noticed that, too, did you?

 

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