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.

Discussion Forum

Truth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

Ideas

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Patricia on Monday

It is scary, Loren.

I remember reading that one, Bertold. Still doesn't help me with quick responses to others however. That's why I prefer the keyboard…..I can type something....read it over, make changes, add more, remove some, or not post anything at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Monday

The Hitch had a wonderful response when someone said "I'll pray for you."

Hitch: "I'll think for you."

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. -- Carl Sagan

Exactly so, Carl. It has continued on past your time ... and it scares me to death.

Comment by Plinius on Monday

=^.^=

Comment by Patricia on Monday

It most certainly simplifies things, Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on Monday

That is one of the great things of getting older, losing all the worries about what people think of you.

Comment by Patricia on Monday

Yes, "I yam wut I yam, & that's all wut I yam". Long past caring what people think of me as well, & am much more comfortable in my own skin.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Patricia, I hear you, it is difficult to be able to respond quickly, especially to strangers. I agree with Loren, "be who you are." You are perfect, especially when it comes to finding great bits of humor. 

I have not a funny bone in my body and rarely laugh at jokes, except on Atheist Nexus because I find so many things that give me a tickle here.

Loren, I heard far too many people say, "I'll pray for you!" as the patient was hooked up to those chemo poison dispensers. Volunteers came on a regular basis to hand out home-made cookies, bags of nuts, or freshly made smoothies. They were not paid, nor were they assigned; they came to give comfort and they were as close to angels as I will ever see. 

One young woman often rolled into the fetal position and cried. She was being treated for ovarian cancer; volunteers came to rub her back and comfort as well as they could. No family ever visited her as long as I was there. 

Comment by Patricia on Monday

I'm not good around people, & I am mostly a loner....so is Rick. We seldom socialize & if we do, its not very comfortable. I freeze up, or get tongue-tied, so listener is much easier for me.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Patricia, you're allowed to be who you are.  As for me, I'm not the best thinking on my feet, but depending on the circumstances, I can be a pretty fair counter-puncher when necessary.  It's a skill you can choose to culture or not as you see fit.

Joan, your response is damned near PERFECT, particularly in that it asks for genuine ACTION and not the meaningless and impotent blather which is prayer.  BRAVA, dear friend!

 

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