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 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!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2020 at 8:24pm

"You’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. One word can change your attitude and one cough can change your life."

~ via Ed Tyler

Yes, like "I have to go to work" to "I get to go to work." 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 1, 2020 at 6:22am

And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.
-- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

Lot's wife had the unmitigated nerve to be CURIOUS, and it's dangerous to be so around the creator of the universe, because he doesn't want his tricks revealed or his secrets to be learned ... or that maybe he isn't there at all.

Comment by Patricia on April 30, 2020 at 12:34pm

Nobody has.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 30, 2020 at 4:45am

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
― George Santayana

And when Santayana refers to "gods fashioned by men," he might as well say, all gods ... 'cuz I haven't run onto a real one yet!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 29, 2020 at 6:45am

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Sound wisdom.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 29, 2020 at 6:40am

That is EXCELLENT, Chris!

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2020 at 2:19am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2020 at 1:15am

Loren, excellent quotes of H. L. Mencken & Sam Harris!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 28, 2020 at 5:04am

Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?
-- Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Why, indeed?

 

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