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 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 Joan Denoo on April 11, 2018 at 11:09am

Many women of my generation, raised to be dependent, passive, and subordinate, find it difficult to maneuver in today's world. Thinking independently, actively, and in control of their lives comes as a requirement for women of my daughter's generation and her daughters'. I continually marvel at what these young women do and can do. If I had behaved as they do, I would have been smacked down, hard, by both my female and male relatives and culture.

Many of my female cohorts did not have access to opportunity. I was the first woman in my horticulture discipline in college, for goodness sake!

"Held back by societal pressures over the centuries until really the most recent, and still oppressed in many cultures, women have had little opportunity to excel in most fields, including horticulture. A few, however, do stand out in a field dominated by men."

~Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor,  University of Vermont, Wom...

In today's world, women produce food and do the science that improves their discipline. The history of women farmers goes as far back as human history, yet they have been unseen and unrecognized. 

"respecting the basic rights of women, especially in rural areas in Asia and Africa, is by far the most effective means of fighting hunger and poverty in a sustainable way."

~ Women in Agriculture

"Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries.  They make up almost half of the world’s farmers, and over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture."

Women in Agriculture: The Agents of Change for the Global Food System

This younger generation of women in my family offers me an image of life not even imagined by my generation of women. 

They think independently, take an active part in family decision making, and they take control of their lives.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 11, 2018 at 7:11am

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Ya know, I have no idea about first-, second-, or third-wave feminism. I'm just weird enough to think that men and women should be treated EQUALLY. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2018 at 1:51am

Bertold, outstanding Comment, "The biggest trick ... !"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 7:05pm

Victory has 100 fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

--Old saying

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 2:48pm

Nice twist, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 2:43pm

New twist on an old saying:

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 8:41am

Have to admit, Bertold, the possibility of spoofing reality with CGI and other mechanisms has seriously bothered me for a while, never mind the suggestion of taking refuge in alternatives such as the Matrix or Ready Player One type of realities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 8:37am

After all, it will soon be possible, if it is not so already, to convincingly simulate events that never occurred, and to make millions of people believe they had, not only through fake tweets, "fake news," and age-old propaganda, but through sophisticated manipulation of video and audio, through augmented reality and the onset of “reality apathy,” a psychological fatigue that overwhelms our abilities to distinguish true and false when everything appears as a cartoonish parody of itself.

--Open Culture

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 5:26am

“But if the gods do not exist at all - then we are lost," I said.
"On the contrary - we are found!" said Aesop.
"But when we are afraid, who can we turn to, if not the gods?"
"Ourselves. We turn to ourselves anyway. We only pretend there are gods and that they care about us. It is a comforting falsehood."

― Erica Jong

To me, this is one of the most fascinating behaviors believers exhibit: they rely on themselves and their communities while crediting their deity with invisible support, supplied by THEM.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 9, 2018 at 4:32pm

I have a great collection of historical student bloopers. One of them is Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.


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