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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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 July 4, 2018 at 11:13am
"Remember when Dunning-Kruger was just a syndrome and not an epidemic?"

-- Scott Greenfield
Comment by Loren Miller on July 4, 2018 at 8:11am

It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
-- George W. Foote

Even as it will simultaneously be the greatest ignominy of the male sex that they were the sole creators of the single most damaging work in all of literature.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 3, 2018 at 5:45pm
As my old pal Alphonse put it, "Losing Pascal's wager is half the fun."

He concludes his diatribe on the topic with this:

"Do you see why I consider Babbitt not only the best piece of literature I've ever encountered, but the most important? Will you permit me to leave you, once again, with one of the saddest things ever penned?

*Now, for heaven’s sake, don’t repeat this to your mother, or she’d remove what little hair I’ve got left, but practically, I’ve never done a single thing I’ve wanted to in my whole life!*

Is that really a gamble worth taking?"
Comment by Loren Miller on July 3, 2018 at 5:33pm

Problem is, Bertold, Pascal's Wager isn't that persuasive to begin with!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 3, 2018 at 3:56pm
"For Pascal’s Wager to be more logically persuasive, it would need to encourage belief in as many gods as possible."

~Neil Carter, aka the Godless in Dixie blogger
Comment by Loren Miller on July 3, 2018 at 6:01am

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
-- President Thomas Whitmore, Independence Day

When those who are members of our armed forces swear an oath to protect this country, "enemies foreign and domestic" are their target. "Domestic enemies" get forgotten or ignored entirely too easily, yet right here and right now, THAT is what we are up against. The fictional President Whitmore cited above had an equally imaginary enemy to rally his men and women against. Conversely, we are in the position of countering an all too real sitting president who got there by means at best questionable and at worst illegal and unconstitutional. The blunt end of the stick is that we need to quit whining about it And Start DOING Something About It.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 3, 2018 at 5:31am

Bertold, we're not at the "Trump Regime" yet, and I for myself will FIGHT to keep us from getting there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2018 at 3:44am

The Ghetto, the Nazis,
and One Small Boy.

The border, the Border guards,
and One Small Boy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2018 at 3:12am

Bertold, I agree with csdickey (@csdickey) June 28, 2018, that you quoted. It is now "the Trump regime."

Somehow, the touching scene of Sophie having to make a choice in which child to save comes to mind. When I first heard of the kidnapping of the children, I thought my heart would break. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 2, 2018 at 7:35pm
"We are rapidly approaching the moment when we should stop referring to the American government and start referring to the Trump regime."

— csdickey (@csdickey) June 28, 2018
 

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