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 Joan Denoo on Friday

Grinning Cat, exactly. ""You'll pray for me? Great! I'll talk to my cat for you! Expect the same results." "articulating our dreams (whether to a visible friend, to an invisible friend, or to a cat) is a first step towards realizing them. We can't expect the cat to help much, though."

~ Grinning Cat?

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."

~?Frederick Douglass

온라인슬롯사이트추천 Comment by Patricia on Friday

One of many reasons I like to help out anonymously where possible. I don't want, or need ''rewards''.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.
-- Kurt Vonnegut

Which, when you boil it down, really isn't all that hard.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2019 at 9:27am

Among the things Joan said:

"I think we need to dream more… of a just society that treats all with respect and denounces… those who bring harm to others… I dream of building skills of relationships that can be based on trust… I dream of a society that values communication skills and knows how to use them.

If we can't dream them, we can't create them."

I see that tying in with the epigram / graphic meme, "You'll pray for me? Great! I'll talk to my cat for you! Expect the same results."

Indeed, articulating our dreams (whether to a visible friend, to an invisible friend, or to a cat) is a first step towards realizing them. We can't expect the cat to help much, though.

(The Far Side / Gary Larson) What we say to cats... (woman scolding a cat) “Well, Fluffy, you've clawed the furniture for the last time! I'll not tolerate that behavior any longer!..” / What they hear (same scene with empty speech bubble)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2019 at 7:18am

A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
― Robert Oxton Bolton

It seems to me that Bolton is perfectly describing a concept which would arise over 300 years after his death: that of the MEME.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2019 at 9:06pm

"Oh wearisome Condition of Humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound:
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound:
What meaneth Nature by these diverse laws?
Passion and reason, self-division cause.
Is it the mark, or Majesty of Power
To make offences that it may forgive?
~ Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Chorus Sacerdotum.

Comment by 온라인슬롯사이트추천Patricia on February 13, 2019 at 7:23pm

And here we all thought gawd doesn't make mistakes......

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 13, 2019 at 7:15pm

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2019 at 7:19am

I think it's tragic that religion will break your leg to sell you a crutch.
-- Eric Murphy, "Talk Heathen"

I think it's less tragic than a blatant demonstration of chutzpah, myself, but it boils down to yet another variation on Hitchens' "created sick then commanded to be well" model. I think ths shoe fits.


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