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.

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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 on May 3, 2020 at 6:22am

Gestures are all that I have.
-- "Enzo," The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

Fact is, gestures are all any of Enzo's kind have. You see, Enzo is a dog, a Golden Retriever, and the beloved property of one Denny Swift, whose occupation and passion are that of a racecar driver. As it turns out, those passions are shared with his four-legged friend in a way not even his owner might guess.

I mention this because I read the book sometime back, and just watched the movie on HBO last night. Yeah, it's a tearjerker and no, I don't mind, because there's another bit of wisdom I posted here a while back which speaks to that bond between human and animal:

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
-- Anatole France

Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2020 at 11:52pm

Such a pleasant room, Loren!

Comment by Patricia on May 2, 2020 at 9:44pm

Yes, lots of dvd's ....movies, & music concerts too.

Comment by Patricia on May 2, 2020 at 9:42pm

Would love to have something like that but Rick is not into music so I just use headphones & my cd player or mp3 player. Other than that, there are 60 cd channels on our cablevision which I have going all day long.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2020 at 9:39pm

I hear you, Patricia.  As it comes to music, this is what I have to listen to:

Add to that a separate home theater with several hundred DVDs, Blu-rays, 4ks, and a couple hundred LaserDiscs (and I haven't mentioned my book library!) and I'm in fair shape!

Comment by Patricia on May 2, 2020 at 9:34pm

In my house, I have my kitties, my books, my free downloads of books, my huge collection of music, emails, texting, You Tube, my foods/cooking, my treadmill, my exerbike, my encyclopaedia[computer], my games[computer], deer visiting the yard, birds at the feeder, a roof, doors with locks, & I'm still breathin'...... oh yeah.....& Rick.

My new motto......KWITCHURRBITCHIN.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2020 at 9:02pm

Never mind the fact that if you're at home, you're SMARTER than those who go out needlessly!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2020 at 8:03pm

"You’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home." Perfect, Joan! Context matters.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2020 at 7:40am

Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all.
-- David J. Constable

"[C]ould prove to be"? Take a look at the behavior of some churches in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and tell me that they aren't already their own worst enemy, as well as endangering others for their insistence on in-person services.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 1, 2020 at 10:04pm

Or, even better: "I WANT to go to work ... because I know it's SAFE."

Or at least SAFER!

 

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