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

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 Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 1:32pm

Education is what remains when you have forgotten everything that you have been taught.

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 1:20pm

Precisely!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2017 at 6:47am

Why is it that this supposedly almighty god can do anything and know anything, but cannot withstand skepticism? A god that shrinks from a simple question is pathetic and not worthy of recognition, let alone worship.
-- me

It doesn't just "shrink from a question," but from any request for evidence of its existence, which leads me to this:

That which does not manifest is indistinguishable from things that don't exist.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2017 at 8:26am

A degree of culture, and assuredly a very high one, is attained when man rises above superstitions and religious notions and fears, and, for instance, no longer believes in guardian angels or in original sin, and has also ceased to talk of the salvation of his soul.
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

Very true, if for no other reason than that none of those phenomena are supported by any objective evidence whatsoever.

Comment by Gary S on October 13, 2017 at 9:57pm

I concur Loren. I just used that because I still like the thinking that that quote can give.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 9:37pm
Sorry, Gary, but Nader overreached. He was somewhat right about the Corvair, but funny thing: Corvair enthusiasts still drive them, and they don't die!!! Nader basically went on a massive ego trip at our expense. The problem is that a mystique has been built up around him that he doesn't deserve.
Comment by Gary S on October 13, 2017 at 7:38pm

I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.'

- Ralph Nader

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 5:34pm

Yes, I am astounded by the hate & cruelty I have been seeing/hearing, & 99.9% seems to come from religions.

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 5:33pm

Ha, that's a good one Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 5:26pm

I went and googled "smite detector" and didn't get anything, but someone HAS come up with a god detector!  Check it out!

 

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