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 14, 2018 at 5:57pm

Outsider or insider? I do not remember feeling an outsider, rather I felt included in everything into which I wanted to be included. I often felt engulfed, as a child and as an adult. Throughout my education years, I liked to dream up project and others joined in with me. In elementary school, I wanted to show off my pet collie and it grew into a "Bring your pet to school day." There were dogs, cats,  mice, reptiles, arachnids, and just about any living creature you can imagine. 

In high school, I wanted to know more about chemistry and proposed a Chemistry Day Convocation. One exhibit stands out, mix sugar and sulfuric acid and you get carbon. The auditorium was standing on their feet to see it as it happened. 

Sulfuric Acid and Sugar - Dehydration of Sugar Experiment

I also belonged to the Latin Club and I organized a Latin Dinner where we wore togas, had olive halos, ate Roman foods of the ancient day, i.e. figs, grapes, olives, and The Chad Mitchell Trio sang romantic songs. I don't have a recording, but here is Chad and his original trio: 

The Chad Mitchell Trio - John Birch Society

Comment by Patricia on July 14, 2018 at 2:53pm

No, but I'll look. Thanks, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 14, 2018 at 2:44pm

Ever read Colin Wilson's classic?

Comment by Patricia on July 14, 2018 at 1:23pm

Agreed Loren. Was always the outsider, in school, church, & the neighbourhood, right from my first memories Then in adult life as well because I never fit in with most people, but prefer the loner status now.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 14, 2018 at 8:15am

When you’ve been made an outsider, you’re always angry.
-- Harlan Ellison

I know something about this, having been an outsider in high school and college, and indeed, most of my adult life. The shunning that occurs, whether overt or covert, leaves one hell of a bad taste in one's mouth. In the case of my high school experience, it's soured me to the point where I've turned down an offer to attend their 50th anniversary reunion. It may have been half a century ago, but some memories remain too fresh to ignore.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 4:32pm

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.
-- Benjamin Franklin

You KNEW I had to follow with that one, didn't you, Bertold?  [grin!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2018 at 4:27pm

People who assure you that you can only gain security at the price of liberty usually want to deny you both.

~Timothy Snyder

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 5:35am

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
-- Anonymous

[chuckle] No kidding!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 11:23pm

I like this quote, Loren:

"ignorance and fear created the gods;

that imagination, rapture, and deception embellished them;

that weakness worships them;

that custom spares them; and

that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men.

~ Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2018 at 5:45pm

As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people.

~Adam Gopnik


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