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 Joan Denoo on July 18, 2018 at 1:58am

"There is only one good, knowledge, and only one evil, ignorance."

~ Socrates, Quoted in Diogenes LaertiusVitae Philosophorum, 2.31 (translated by R D Hicks,1950).

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2018 at 5:50am

The priests of the different religious sects ... dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.
-- Thomas Jefferson

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
-- John 3:20, KJV

You'd think that at least SOME believers would actually READ their own holy book and maybe pick up on some of this stuff. Apparently not...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2018 at 10:27pm

Bill Warren has an excellent review of FP in his extraordinary Keep Watching the Skies - thoughtful, articulate and very snarky reviews of every sci-fi flick from the 50s through the mid-60s.

Yeah, and one of the many tragedies of our age is that now hubris is a feature, not a bug.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2018 at 10:14pm

I've had a DVD copy of Forbidden Planet for longer than I care to think, Bertold.  In fact, I watched it maybe a month or two ago, and its lesson is still strongly with me.  The shame is that Morbius was aware of his hubris at the end.

Dolt 45?  Not so much.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2018 at 10:03pm

Well there you hit the nail on the head, my friend. Our own nature is indeed what he was warning us about, and it's also what elected Dolt45.

If you don't believe me, viz. Forbidden Planet, best cheesy SF flick of the 50s.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2018 at 9:44pm

It doesn't take a lot to understand why George Orwell matters.  He was doing his damnedest to warn us about our own nature, whether it was Animal Farm or 1984.  The good news is that some of us were listening.  The bad news is that we weren't enough.  That doesn't change the fact that I'm still determined to fight.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2018 at 9:34pm
I'm sure George appreciates your kind offer, but if his mortal coil were unshuffled, I suspect he'd decline.

Have you read the Hitch's "Why Orwell Matters?" Good shit.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2018 at 9:06pm

And that, Bertold, is why we fight. As for Orwell, he can bite me.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2018 at 9:02pm
And the status quo religion wants maintained looks a whole lot like George Orwell envisioned our future:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2018 at 8:56pm

That is an exceptionally perceptive quote, Joan. What it tells me is that religion, above and beyond anything else, is interested primarily in maintaining the status quo. That means it is not interested in the new or the novel or anything that would threaten what it thinks it knows.

In short, it says that that religion wants to keep things as they are.


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