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 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.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2020 at 6:58am

Very close to the bone, Loren. But every time I lose something important, I get an answer to the question "What am I?'

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2020 at 6:09am

We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.
-- Dean Charles Stanforth, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Considering what happened with me and my buddy Morris yesterday, this quote cuts very close to the bone. Still, there are things to be gotten out of this life, and I mean to continue searching for them.

Comment by Patricia on May 14, 2020 at 12:55pm

But that would make far too much sense.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 14, 2020 at 8:33am

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Beats the snot out of Sunday School, don't it?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2020 at 7:16am

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
-- Johann von Goethe

And especially when it has taken up residence in the Oval Office!

Comment by Patricia on May 12, 2020 at 1:19pm

Where are the clones when ya need 'em?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 12, 2020 at 4:59am

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'Nuff said.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 11, 2020 at 10:51pm

Catching up after a few days...

"...all of a sudden you'll hear, 'It's God's plan.' And that means 'I'm done thinking.'"

Anything at all can be seen as opposing "God's plan" or playing into it!

In Jonathan Glover's Causing Death and Saving Lives,* he considers common reasons have for considering human life valuable and killing generally wrong, including the religious idea that one's lifespan is up to God. Unsurprisingly, he rejects that one, giving the example of a rock falling towards someone that would have hit them in the head and killed them, except they manage to push it aside. Did they just thwart God's plan?

[Or fulfill it? You can ask the same things about anesthesia--conservative preachers did!--and antibiotics, and contraception... and democracy, and the internet... and any number of social and technological advances!]

* The book's subtitle is "The moral problems of abortion, infanticide, suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, war and other life-or-death choices." He doesn't tell you what to think, but points out uncomfortable consequences of different principles that might indicate that your "axioms" aren't as axiomatic as you thought.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2020 at 10:43pm

Your comment on exponential growth is appreciated, Joan. It occurred to me that this pandemic might educate a few people about it, rendering them better able to grasp our existential threat from climate change.

Great Hippocrates and Randi quotes, Loren.


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