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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith on Tuesday. 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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller 8 hours ago

You tell me where a man gets his corn pone, and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
-- Mark Twain

Which matches well with a quote I posted some time back:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
-- Upton Sinclair

Comment by Loren Miller 23 hours ago

Two killer quotes, GC!

Comment by Grinning Cat 23 hours ago

...for most of you, who I assume (and hope) will be white... most likely you never received a formal class or explanation... At some early age... it dawned on you... that you would never want to be black. Because you realized, even without being explicitly told, that being white makes life easier...

And if you're really honest... You realized that, if you wanted, by being white you could make things hard — much harder — for others. Especially black folks.

--Bryan Massingale

in "The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it", National Catholic Reporter, June 1.

The article's subhead is "Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that's the problem."

Bolding added.

Comment by Grinning Cat 23 hours ago

Every white person in this country — I do not care what he says or she says — knows one thing. They may not know, as they put it, "what I want," but they know they would not like to be black here.

-- James Baldwin, Jan. 15, 1979, at Univ. of California at Berkeley (clip)
(full speech on C-Span / YouTube)
Bolding is mine.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words "Equal Justice Under Law" are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation.
-- James Mattis

Very well put, sir. I can't add anything of value to that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

"I don't like fooling myself." Loren, that's called authenticity. LOL, so rare these days. A quality I admire.

Comment by Loren Miller on Thursday

-- Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
[click on image to enlarge]

Jonathan Livingston Seagull LOVED to fly. It wasn't just a mechanism to get food, as it was for most of the rest of the flock. For Jon, flight was a PASSION and a means for him to find his true self.

I'm only now beginning to learn that, if you really want to LIVE your life, you need something like that in you, driving you, as well as getting shut of those artificial things that limit you.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Wednesday

One reason to pray in secret: in a study comparing outcomes of bypass surgery patients, those who knew they were being prayed for actually had more complications!

(59%, vs. 52% and 51% in those being prayed for and not who didn't know which group they were in)

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in c... (abstract; full article paywalled)

Prayers Don't Help Heart Surgery Patients; Some Fare Worse When Pra... (Science Daily)

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
-- Matthew 6:5-6

Regardless of whether there actually WAS a Jesus to say the above or not, I would have to say that is among the most ignored quotes in the bible. The reason I say so is left as an exercise for the student.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

I'd make a LOUSY propagandist, mostly because at some level, to fool others, you have to fool yourself as well, and I am LOUSY at fooling myself.  Besides that, I don't LIKE fooling myself.

I had a look at the getbadnews website, but didn't follow through.  Just left a bad taste in my mouth.


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