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.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create?and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10, 2018. 5 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25, 2018. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.? This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

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Comment by Patricia on February 2, 2019 at 10:29pm

Many of us feel that way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2019 at 10:17pm

"My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux,?that fashionable American sickness. I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world."

~?Margaret Drabble, The Telegraph,?08 May 2003."I loathe America, and what it has done to the rest of the world."

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2019 at 4:31pm

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
Charles Bukowski

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 2, 2019 at 1:06pm

We thought that replacing the singular, authoritative voice of the twentieth century newscaster with the digitally-enabled vox populi of the internet would forever change the narrative. All it did was ruin the spelling.

~Gordon White

Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2019 at 8:23am

Sure, that's a good one!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 2, 2019 at 6:34am

Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.
-- Steven Pinker

I don't think anyone has cited Steven Pinker here, and it seemed about time he got his due. This is rather a goodie, too, in that it reflects the Heinleinian idea that we're all created UN-equal, but should be TREATED equally.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 1, 2019 at 8:18am

No kidding, Bertold.? So far, all the concept of god has done is to narrow our vision, to make us smaller, meaner, more frightened and less generous or loving.? I have about as much use for that as a snake has for shoes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 1, 2019 at 8:16am

If the concept of God has any use, it is to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God can't do that, it's time we got rid of him."

~James Baldwin

Comment by Loren Miller on February 1, 2019 at 6:31am

I want to believe as many true things and as few false things as possible.
-- Matt Dillahunty

I have always preferred knowledge to belief, after the previously posted Carl Sagan quote, but if I cannot be practically certain that what I know is indisputable fact, I would want what I believe to be as closely aligned with reality as possible ... because I can't see falsehood or unreality serving me in any practical fashion.

Comment by Patricia on January 31, 2019 at 8:53pm

Yes, quite the eye opener to read.


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