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.

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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


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 January 13, 2019 at 8:00pm

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 January 13, 2019 at 7:47pm

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!

Comment by Patricia on January 13, 2019 at 7:16pm

I didn't have a come back for her, I freeze up like that, especially when its a stranger. I was also rather shocked as I never hear that sort of thing in my circles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2019 at 7:09pm

When I was in treatment for breast cancer and heard, "I'll pray for you," I often said, "Please send a donation to your favorite cancer organization!"

Comment by Patricia on January 13, 2019 at 6:50pm

I got the "I'll pray for you" phrase once after my breast cancer diagnosis, & it immediately struck me...."why?"

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2019 at 6:46pm

And I have absolutely no problem looking such people square in the eye and saying, "Like prayer is going to do any good." That's the problem with many of these people: they're not used to being challenged. The more they get challenged, the more they're liable to think twice before throwing out such specious cliches.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2019 at 6:43pm
"The extremists always give themselves away with their trademark refrain, “I’ll pray for you,” as if you are possessed by demons and in need of an exorcism. They seem completely unaware of how this statement makes them appear; that they alone understand “truth,” that everyone else is “ungodly” and in need of “redemption,” as they see it; by being “born again,” and baptized, and accepting their world view. This self-righteous arrogant presumption is at the root of all religious extremism."
~ J C Weatherby
Comment by Patricia on January 13, 2019 at 2:19pm


Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2019 at 1:03pm

Ummm ... Nope and Nope!

Comment by Patricia on January 13, 2019 at 12:38pm

Doesn't winning the big game count?


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