Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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 8, 2020 at 4:59pm

Our "president" (such as he is) is lucky he knows how to tie his own shoes, let alone understand exponential growth functions!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 8, 2020 at 4:33pm

When dealing with the exponential growth of people and viruses, it can wipe out whole civilizations. It seems that our president and too many of our leaders do not understand the implications of such fast growth curves. 

Using grains of rice on a checkerboard, starting with "1" after 8 iterations the grains are 128, after 16 iterations, the grains are 32,868, etc. 

1

128

32,868

8,000,000

2,000,000,000

512,000,000,000

Before you know it, a lot of people and viruses overwhelm the food supply. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 8, 2020 at 7:14am

... in war anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find it out and can do the other thing. But not to decide wastes both time and money, and may ruin everything.
-- Ulysses S. Grant

War may be an extreme case, but indecision is problematic regardless of the situation, because it wastes the one commodity which can never be recovered: TIME.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2020 at 1:07pm

"May you live in interesting times"

~ a Chinese curse. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2020 at 1:00pm

Loren, your Stewart quote says exactly the right thing with a wish the government "hates" me as much. Thanks for the quote. 

Comment by Patricia on May 7, 2020 at 12:53pm

That pedestal needs smashing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2020 at 12:52pm

Yes, Loren, I know you shared Santayana's quote with us and I looked for the citation to know where to find his original statement. I found and shared the citation. I should have given the citation and referred to you as my source for the quote. Thanks for your instruction. 

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2020 at 9:22am

Yes, they should be content with their fairytales about the hereafter..

Comment by Loren Miller on May 7, 2020 at 8:21am

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Stewart, per usual, NAILS it.  Christianity in the US enjoys a level of privilege which would make the most avaricious billionaire slaver, and of course, they take it for granted, and anything which might infringe on that privilege looks like persecution to them.

Seems like a whole lot of Christians need to grow up and recognize their place in the overall scheme of things ... because most of them act like their spoiled-brat god.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 6, 2020 at 6:50am

Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now.
The place to be happy is here.
The way to be happy is to make others so.

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

I think there are other ways to be happy, but this quote is so succinct and complete in its brevity, it's hard to get bent out of shape about minutiae. Ingersoll NAILS it here.

 

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