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

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 Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

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

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2020 at 6:43am

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. it is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
-- Thomas Jefferson to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 30 July 1816

Anyone who wants to so much as intimate that Thomas Jefferson was neutral regarding Christianity should read the above ... and be appropriately disabused of that misguided notion.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2020 at 6:07am

We've lost our cognitive immunity ... We've lost our ability to sort out fact from fiction and science from science-fiction, because 1) we have a network that's been in the business of making people angry and stupid, and at the same time, we have social networks, whether it's Facebook or Twitter or others that ... are like open sewers. They're full of untreated, unfiltered information. They have diamonds and rubies and gold and gems, and they have toxic waste, rusty cans and broken glass, and if you don't have a population that has the filters that can sort out one from the other, you get where we are today. Then overlay on that, Bill, we're kind of caught between what I call breaking news and president breaking bad.
-- Thomas Friedman, from Real Time with Bill Maher

Here in a paragraph, Mr. Friedman expresses the devolution of American culture, catalyzed by the sizzle-over-steak trend largely started by Ronald Reagan, fostered and nourished by the advent of sound-bite journalism, and damned near perfected by Donald Trump. We are flirting with the kind of dystopian reality expressed by the movie, Idiocracy, and all of us should be terrified by that.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2020 at 6:04am

A god that rewards credulity, a god that sanctions slavery, is unworthy of any kind of reverence or respect or devotion.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Credulity amounts to mental slavery, even as slavery itself is a physical state. Once you are indebted to a god, it is damned hard to pay off the debt ... and of course, the representatives of that god want it that way.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2020 at 8:00am

There are certain injustices in this life you’ve got to do something about. You can’t just say that you can’t fight it, or it’s too much trouble, or that you don’t have the time or the effort, or that you can’t win. Forget all that. Fight them all!
-- Harlan Ellison

Harlan has a point ... from before Michael Brown to George Lloyd now and onward, this crap has to be faced and it has to be STOPPED.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2020 at 5:56pm

"I seem to be saying two things that contradict each other. On the one hand, we trust scientific knowledge, on the other hand, we are always ready to modify in-depth part of our conceptual structure about the world. But there is no contradiction, because the idea of a contradiction comes from what I see as the deepest misunderstanding about science: the idea that science is about certainty."

~ Carlo Rovelli, Theoretical Physicist; Aix-Marseille University, in the Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille, France; Author, Reality Is Not What It Seems & The Order of Time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2020 at 1:07pm

Loren, I like Al Franken's quote. Love does require understanding, patients, as well as commitment. Sharing love with another provides the basic needs of safety, security, and stability. Love feels empowering. 

Comment by Patricia on May 29, 2020 at 12:52pm

Right on the money.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2020 at 5:29am

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I think it may be Dan's history as a preacher that gives him this wonderful perspective on the absurdity of religion and allows him to frame it as he has.  It's rather like Hitchens' observation that Yahweh creates us sick, then commands us to be well, yet even more graphic.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 28, 2020 at 7:59am

[Walt] Whitman thought there was no need to be curious about God because there is no standard, not even a divine one, against which the decisions of a free people can be measured. Amer­icans, he hoped, would spend the energy that past human so­cieties had spent on discovering God's desires on discovering one another's desires.
-- Richard Rorty, Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America

It would have been lovely if Whitman had been right regarding Americans' curiosity about Yahweh. Sadly, he seems to have underestimated the average citizen's desire to entertain irrational ideas.

I should mention that the above quote came from my week-daily offering from delancyplace.com.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2020 at 6:19am

... I think the teachings of Christianity are immoral. The central one is the most immoral of all, and that is the one of vicarious redemption. You can throw your sins onto somebody else, vulgarly known as scapegoating. In fact, originating as scapegoating in the same area, the same desert. I can pay your debt if I love you. I can serve your term in prison if I love you very much. I can volunteer to do that. I can't take your sins away, because I can't abolish your responsibility, and I shouldn't offer to do so. Your responsibility has to stay with you. There's no vicarious redemption. There very probably, in fact, is no redemption at all. It's just a part of wish-thinking, and I don't think wish-thinking is good for people either.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Once again, Hitch hits the nail on the head.


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