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 Joan Denoo on May 5, 2020 at 11:06pm

”My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.“

~ George Santayana, Soliloquies in England & Later Soliloquies Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (1922), "On My Friendly Critics"
Source: https://quotepark.com/fr/auteurs/george-santayana/

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2020 at 3:31pm

"It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases."

~ George Santayana

I searched for and did not find where Santayana wrote this. In fact, there exists virtually no full citation on any quotes, unless it is Snopes telling us the person cited did not/could not/would/not say such a thing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2020 at 5:13am

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
-- Mae West

And THAT is one woman who would KNOW.

Comment by Patricia on May 4, 2020 at 1:15pm

I thought it was from thejovialatheist, but haven't found it.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2020 at 1:13pm

I've seen something similar, Patricia, but don't recall exactly where.

Comment by Patricia on May 4, 2020 at 12:04pm

I read something about the term beLIEf awhile back but haven't been able to find it again.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2020 at 6:31am

No one ever learned anything new or useful based on a LIE.
-- me

Seriously ... how could they? And I'm looking at YOU, religion!

Comment by Plinius on May 3, 2020 at 7:02am

"Cats just quietly take whatever comes their way."

Cat Nana in The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa.

I think that's a good example. And yes, it's another tearjerker.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2020 at 6:22am

Gestures are all that I have.
-- "Enzo," The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

Fact is, gestures are all any of Enzo's kind have. You see, Enzo is a dog, a Golden Retriever, and the beloved property of one Denny Swift, whose occupation and passion are that of a racecar driver. As it turns out, those passions are shared with his four-legged friend in a way not even his owner might guess.

I mention this because I read the book sometime back, and just watched the movie on HBO last night. Yeah, it's a tearjerker and no, I don't mind, because there's another bit of wisdom I posted here a while back which speaks to that bond between human and animal:

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
-- Anatole France

Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2020 at 11:52pm

Such a pleasant room, Loren!

 

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