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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Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 2. 1 Reply

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 23, 2020 at 7:59am

It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.
-- Ricky Gervais

Because this is the One Life we can be immutably sure of, and subscribing to any alleged afterlife amounts to buying a pig in a poke. Let's live the life we have in the here and now, instead.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2020 at 8:05am

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. -- Edward Abbey

And of curiosity as well, I'd say.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2020 at 8:40am

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I believe you have it precisely, Al.

Comment by Patricia on May 20, 2020 at 12:36pm

Good comment by Mr. Harris.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2020 at 5:23am

If faith is what you have to go on, if faith is the link between your beliefs and the world at large, your beliefs are very likely to be wrong. Beliefs can be right or wrong. If you believe you can fly, that belief is only true if indeed you can fly. Somebody who thinks he can fly, and is wrong about it, will eventually discover there's a problem with his view of the world.
-- Sam Harris

And under certain circumstances, the realization of that problem is likely to be short-lived.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2020 at 6:28am

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And the former strikes me as being a far more healthy position than the latter, don't you think?

Comment by Patricia on May 18, 2020 at 1:03pm

Yup, that prayin' thing ain't worth the time put in.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2020 at 8:04am

I noticed that all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same fifty percent rate. Half the time I get what I want, half the time I don't...Same as the four-leaf clover and the horseshoe...same as the voodoo lady who tells you your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same...so just pick your superstition, sit back, make a wish, and enjoy yourself...
-- George Carlin

If you don't mind George, I'll drop the four-leaf clover and the voodoo and the goat testicles, and for that matter, the prayer, too. I'm sure Joe Pesci won't mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2020 at 8:44am

"The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution."
-- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was not your average headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, particularly in his understanding of fundamental concepts like The Truth. This didn't just reflect well on him but also on the bright, creative woman who brought that doyen conjurer to life.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2020 at 7:34am

An Atheist is a person who questions every kind of authority, and this is the thing that is important. Because if we can, without blinking an eye, question the ultimate authority, god - who must be obeyed, then we can question the authority of the state, we can question the authority of a university structure, we can question the authority of our employer, we can question anything. So I think the primary thing that an Atheist is, is a person who looks at an authoritarian idea, or an authority structure, and says to that authority structure: from whence do you derive your authority and why should I be obedient to you? It appears to me that if I have human intelligence that this is enough for me to try to challenge whatever you're doing.
-- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Authority can be problematic, especially when it is unearned or presumed or arrogated by the one making claim to it. There isn't an authority on the face of this Earth that doesn't deserve to be questioned, particularly when it insists on its position and claims it cannot be wrong.


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