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.

Discussion Forum


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 Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 1:42pm

The sad thing is that there are so many people who are utterly deaf to the idea and the gift which is kindness ... and that they have no concept of what they've missed.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 1:27pm

Right on the money, Bertold.

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 1:12pm

Out of favour doesn't mean we can't choose to read his quotes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 31, 2018 at 12:42pm

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

--Mark Twain

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 7:39am

Yeah, I know about how Krauss has fallen out of favor because of his antics.  Doesn't make his words any less true.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:46am

Right on, Patricia

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 2:20am

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 7:44pm

What that old saying expresses to me, Joan, is a circumstance where one is AT HOME, in one's element, where action becomes natural, unforced, and near-automatic.

I think fishing gets the focus because it involves very little activity until the bait is taken, whereupon all manner or craziness ensues.  Still, the majority of the time is in quiet waiting and therewith the opportunity for self-reflection and appreciation of one's surroundings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 7:03pm

Loren, I like that, except I would hope the gods do not subtract from the allotted span of my life the hours spent in the garden. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 6:29pm

The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent fishing.
-- Anon

This was a sentiment I first read in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land ... and while I'm not a fisherman, I see its point.


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