Robert A. Heinlein

Born: July 7, 1907

Die: May 8, 1988

Occupation: Science writer

Quotes of Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part...and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith.

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Whether the authorities be invaders or merely local tyrants, the effect of such [gun control] laws is to place the individual at the mercy of the state, unable to resist.

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Being sorry won't get you into heaven. Get happy, son. Get that old spring into your step and stay on your toes.

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...I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals... I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty, subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating...

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Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness.

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Its very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language.

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Consider the black widow spider. It's a timid little beastie, useful and, for my taste, the prettiest of the arachnids, with its shiny, patent-leather finish and its red hourglass trademark. But the poor...

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English is capable of defining sentiments that the human nervous system is quite incapable of experiencing.

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In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

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How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.

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An armed man need not fight.

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Only a sadistic scoundrel-or a fool-tells the bald truth on social occasions.

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Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure “good” government, it simply insures that it will work. But such governments are rare — most...

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Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category with the classic example 'a little bit pregnant.

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A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

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Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

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Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.

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A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology.

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Men rarely if ever dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

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If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote...

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A critic is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased, he hates all creative people equally.

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Are you trying to tell all of us we have a bad signal-to-noise ratio?

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The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.

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Live and learn, or you don't live long.

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When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force, my friends, is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.

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If I had a Boy Scout I could make a fire by rubbing his hind legs together.

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Hate always sells well, but for repeat trade and the long pull happiness is sounder merchandise.

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A zest for living must include a willingness to die.

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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society...

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It’s not enough to be able to lie with a straight face; anybody with enough gall to raise on a busted flush can do that. The first way to lie artistically is to tell the truth — but not all of it....

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Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.

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Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.

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There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized. Or even cured.

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The shamans are forever yacking about their snake oil miracles. I prefer the real McCoy, a pregnant woman.

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Always cut the cards...and smile when you lose.

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Robert A. Heinlein

My old man taught me two things: 'Mind own business' and 'Always cut cards.'

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Ability is a wonderful thing, but its value is greatly enhanced by dependability. Ability implies repeatability and accountability.

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In a family argument, if it turns out you are right, apologize at once.

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Always tell her she is beautiful, especially if she is not.

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It's better to copulate than not.

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Was there ever a time when the majority was right?

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Premenstrual Syndrome: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time.

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It's a long story. Want a refill?" "No, let's start the steak. Where's the button?" "Right here." "Well, push it." "Me? You offered to cook." "Ben Caxton, I will lie here and starve before I will get up...

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Nothing could go wrong because nothing had...I meant "nothing would." No - Then I quit trying to phrase it, realizing that if time travel ever became widespread, English grammar was going to have to add...

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His older self had taught his younger self a language which the older self knew because the younger self, after being taught, grew up to be the older self and was, therefore, capable of teaching.

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It would take centuries and he must grow and grow and grow, but he was in no hurry--he grokked that Eternity and the ever-beautifully-changing Now were identical.

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I am free, no matter what rules surround me. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do.

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But, do you know, once you get used to it's rather cute. I mean, if a girl looks alright to start with, she still looks alright with her head smooth.

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Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

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Then I glanced at the ring on my finger. The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from—but where did all you zombies come from? I felt a headache coming on, but a headache...

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There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who "love Nature" while deploring the "artificialities" with which "Man has spoiled Nature.'" The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words,...

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We came here for a small, informal meeting. We find you've turned it into a circus. Well, if you're going to have a circus, you've got to have elephants.

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It is impossible for anyone to be responsible for another person's behavior. The most you or any leader can do is to encourage each one to be responsible for himself.

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Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried.

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Robert A. Heinlein

When one teaches, two learn.

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Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself.

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The greatest fallacy of democracy is that everyone's opinion is worth the same.

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An armed society is a polite society.

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Correct morality can only be derived from what man is — not from what do-gooders and well-meaning aunt Nellies would like him to be.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Logic is a feeble reed, friend. "Logic" proved that airplanes can't fly and that H-bombs won't work and that stones don't fall out of the sky. Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Cheops' Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Does history record any case in which the majority was right?

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History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly.

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Secrecy begets tyranny.

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Robert A. Heinlein

English is the largest of human tongues, with several times the vocabulary of the second largest language -- this alone made it inevitable that English would eventually become, as it did, the lingua franca...

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Art is the process of evoking pity and terror, which is not abstract at all but very human. What the self-styled modern artists are doing is a sort of unemotional pseudointellectual masturbation . . ....

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Stinky says women should be obscene but not heard.

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And suddenly I knew I was people and could not stop laughing.

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Stupidity is the only natural capital offense.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry.

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Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Morals — all correct moral laws — derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.

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Sovereign," like "love," means anything you want it to mean; it's a word in dictionary between "sober" and "sozzled.

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A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws.

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Never appeal to a man's 'better nature.' He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

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In a mature society, 'civil servant' is semantically equal to 'civil master.'

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The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom. That's a personal evaluation, of course.

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A religion is a source of happiness and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong--and you are strong. The great trouble with religion--any...

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Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo. Oh, a sense of sin comes from violating the customs of your tribe. But breaking custom is not sin even when it feels so; sin is wronging another person.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk ‘his life, his fortune and his sacred honor’ on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown...

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Robert A. Heinlein

My folks tried to make a preacher of me and missed by a narrow margin… I would have made a good one if I hadn’t fallen into the fatal folly of reading anything I could lay hands on. With just a touch...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who clings to the historically untrue-and thoroughly immoral-doctrine that, 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington...

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Remember this: once the human race is established on more than one planet and especially, in more than one solar system, there is no way now imaginable to kill off the human race.

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Once you get to earth orbit, you're halfway to anywhere in the solar system.

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The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.

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By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man -- man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him.

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Men are more sentimental than women. It blurs their thinking.

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Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

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Most 'scientists' are bottle washers and button sorters.

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It's amazing how much 'mature wisdom' resembles being too tired.

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Of all the strange 'crimes' that human beings have legislated out of nothing, 'blasphemy' is the most amazing -- with 'obscenity' and 'indecent exposure' fighting it out for second and third place.

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A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.

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Robert A. Heinlein

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.

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Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untravelled, the naive,...

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If tempted by something that feels 'altruistic,' examine your motives and root out that self-deception. Then, if you still want to do it, wallow in it!

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Peace is an extension of war by political means. Plenty of elbow-room is pleasanter -- and much safer.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Responsibility cannot be shared.

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If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.

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Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow if tomorrow might improve the odds.

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Robert A. Heinlein

To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.

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Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you.

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Being generous is inborn; being altruistic is a learned perversity. No resemblance --

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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.

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Since when was an emotional argument won by logic?

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People usually believe anything that they are told early and often.

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Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win.

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There is no conclusive evidence of life after death, but there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know, so why fret about it?

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Robert A. Heinlein

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

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A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.

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Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. [He is also a fool.]

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The correct way to punctuate a sentence that states: "Of course it is none of my business, but -- " is to place a period after the word "but." Don't use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a...

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I came, I saw, she conquered." The original Latin seems to have been garbled.

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It's a man's business to be what he is, and to be it in style.

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I scrolled on down to the obituaries. I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A monarch’s neck should always have a noose around it—it keeps him upright.

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Hit it! You have to hit it harder than that. Electrons are timid little things but notional; you have to let them know who’s boss.

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I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way. I could show you...

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When it don’t rain, the roof don’t leak; when it rains, I can’t fix it nohow.

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If I don’t start having service I’m going to swap you all for a dog and shoot the dog.

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I don't see why human people make such a heavy trip out of sex. It isn't anything complex, it is simply the best thing in life, even better than food.

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Robert A. Heinlein

My vocal cords lived their own life, wild and free.

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I was no fool; I was aware that when another man is too anxious to force money on one, it is time to examine the cards, for there is almost certainly something illegal, or dangerous, or both, involved...

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Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong - but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.

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A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!

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Robert A. Heinlein

If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.

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The death rate is the same for us as for anybody ... one person, one death, sooner or later.

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Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny

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With eternity to draw on there could be no reason for hurrying - 'hurry' was not a concept in Martian.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.

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Any group is weaker than a man alone unless they are perfectly trained to work together.

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There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.

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Robert A. Heinlein

If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off?

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Girls are simply wonderful. Just to stand on a corner and watch them going past is delightful. They don't walk. At least not what we do when we walk. I don't know how to describe it, but it's much more...

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We learned not to waste ammo even on warriors except in self-protection

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Heinlein's Rules for Writers Rule One: You Must Write Rule Two: Finish What Your Start Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market...

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The most noble fate a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war's desolation.

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Robert A. Heinlein

It is better to copulate than never.

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Robert A. Heinlein

...more than six people cannot agree on anything, three is better and one is perfect for a job that one can do. This is why parliamentary bodies all through history, when they accomplished anything, owed...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Have you ever noticed how much they look like orchids? lovely!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Most gods have the morals of a spoiled child.

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The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

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Daughters can spend ten percent more than a man can make in any usual occupation. That’s a law of nature, to be known henceforth as ‘Harshaw’s Law.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who can worship a trinity and insist that his religion is a monotheism can believe anything.

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Make money, lose money - who cares? The idea is to enjoy it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no safety this side of the grave

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Have you ever known me to be rude to a lady?" "I have seen you be intentionally rude to a woman. I have never seen you be rude to a lady.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Self awareness is NOT just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.

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To get anywhere, or even to live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.

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Of all the creatures on this planet none is more dangerous than a human being.

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It takes two to create a heaven, but hell can be accomplished by one.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Do-gooding is like treating hemophilia - the real cure is to let hemophiliacs bleed to death...before they breed more hemophiliacs.

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He's an honest politician--he stays bought.

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Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

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The more you love, the more you can love--and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent...

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If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.

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The bugs are not like us. The Pseudo-Arachnids aren’t even like spiders. They are arthropods who happen to look like a madman’s conception of a giant intelligent spider, but their organization, psychological...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Certain types of loudmouthism should be a capital offense among decent people.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The commonest weakness of our race is our ability to rationalize our most selfish purposes.

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I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth--then shut up.

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Once a man gets a reputation as a liar, he might as well be struck dumb, for people do not listen to the wind.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful.

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Robert A. Heinlein

One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.

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Civilians are like beans; you buy 'em as needed for any job which merely requires skill and savvy. But you can't buy fighting spirit.

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Our behavior is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?--TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much . . . because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting.

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Social responsibility above the level of family, or at most of tribe, requires imagination-- devotion, loyalty, all the higher virtues -- which a man must develop himself; if he has them forced down him,...

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Under our system every voter and officeholder is a man who has demonstrated through voluntary and difficult service that he places the welfare of the group ahead of personal advantage.

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Cast me into a dungeon;, burn me at the state, crown me king of kings, I can 'pursue happiness' as long as my brain lives -- but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can insure that I will...

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Robert A. Heinlein

To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The most important lesson in the writing trade is that any manuscript is improved if you cut away the fat.

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First you must learn to control your self. The rest follows. Blessed is he who knows himself and commands himself, for the world is his and love and happiness and peace walk with him wherever he goes.

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At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that 'news' is not something that happens to...

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I never do anything I don't want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.

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Love is what still goes on when you're not horny.

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...a book need never die and should not be killed; books were the immortal part of man.

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Robert A. Heinlein

You got the impression that he never needed to sleep - just ten-thousand-mile checkups and dust him off occasionally.

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A friend who offers help without asking for explanations is a treasure beyond price

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Robert A. Heinlein

Belief gets in the way of learning.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A little more money won't do you any good - because daughters can use up ten percent more than a man can make in any normal occupation, regardless of the amount.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Audacity, always audacity - soundest principal of strategy.

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The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by Homo Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded...

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Robert A. Heinlein

The Universe was a silly place at best...but the least likely explanation for it was the no-explanation of random chance, the conceit that abstract somethings 'just happened' to be atoms that 'just happened'...

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Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

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Humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn - when they do, which isn't often - on their own, the hard way.

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No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.

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Beauty is not diminished by being shared.

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Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely...

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Every time we killed a thousand Bugs at a cost of one M.I. it was a net victory for the Bugs. We were learning, expensively, just how efficient a total communism can be when used by a people actually adapted...

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Robert A. Heinlein

You were probably educated in the conventional economic theories of your period which were magnificent and most ingenious, but--if you will pardon my saying so--all wrong.

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It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creeds into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education...

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A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.

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I was there to see beautiful naked women. So was everybody else. It's a common failing.

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How anybody expects a man to stay in business with every two-bit wowser in the country claiming a veto over what we can say and can't say and what we can show and what we can't show - it's enough to make...

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A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is ... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be ... more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo...

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I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith-it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The first principle of freedom is the right to go to hell in your own handbasket.

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Robert A. Heinlein

We have our hands, we have our brains, we have the challenge all around us, and we have within (from whatever source) the will to strive. That is enough; there is no need to assert 'belief' in that which...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure --will endure longer than his home planet, will spread...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Christ was crucified for preaching without a police permit

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Robert A. Heinlein

I see the beauty of Mike's attempt to devise an ideal ethic and applaud his recognition that such must start by junking the present sexual code and starting fresh. Most philosophers haven't the courage...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Money problems can always be solved by a man not frightened by them.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan?

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Robert A. Heinlein

Pessimist by policy, optimist by temperament- it is possible to be both. How? By never taking an unnecessary chance and by minimizing the risks you can't avoid. This permits you to play out the game untroubled...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Men are not potatoes!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A motion to adjourn is always in order.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A managed democracy is a wonderful thing... for the managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free' is defined as 'responsible' and the managers define what is 'irresponsible'.

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Robert A. Heinlein

ANYTHING will burn with enough gasoline and dynamite.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.

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Robert A. Heinlein

One might define adulthood as the age at which a person learns that he must die ...and accepts his sentence undismayed.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Talking with a Martian is something like talking with an echo. You don't get any argument but you don't get results either.

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Robert A. Heinlein

He had learned that close-held secrets could often be cracked by going all the way to the top and there making himself unbearably unpleasant. He knew that such twisting of the tiger's tail was dangerous,...

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Robert A. Heinlein

But when they began handing out doctorates for comparative folk dancing and advanced fly-fishing, I became too stink in’ proud to use the title. I won’t touch watered whiskey and I take no pride in...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth Stupid fumbling.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.

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Robert A. Heinlein

It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code. Most of these jokers don't even want to use language you and I know or can learn . . . they would rather...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much... because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting" ... But that's not all people laugh at." Isn't it? Perhaps I don't grok...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Love your country, but never trust its government.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nor would anybody suspect. If was one thing all people took for granted, was conviction that if you feed honest figures into a computer, honest figures come out. Never doubted it myself till I met a computer...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Darling, a true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does her whorish best. At other times you can be as modest and dignified as your persona requires.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Death is the lot of us all, and the only way that the human race has ever conquered death is by treating it with contempt. By living every golden minute as if one had all Eternity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.

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Robert A. Heinlein

You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

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Robert A. Heinlein

It seems to me that the secret of true happiness in life is to know what you are and then be content to be that, in style, head up and proud, and not yearn to be something else....

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Robert A. Heinlein

Coffee comes in five descending stages: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe, and Carbon Remover.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A skunk is better company than a person who prides himself on being 'frank'.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never try to have the last word. You might get it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Some people insist that 'mediocre' is better than 'best.' They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can't fly. They despise brains because they have none.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, and the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Under what circumstances is it moral for a group to do that which is not moral for a member of that group to do alone?

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Robert A. Heinlein

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The country and culture commonly known as "America" had had a badly split personality all through its history. Its overt laws were almost always puritanical for a people whose covert behavior tended to...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Straining at gnats and swallowing camels is a required course in all law schools.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest.

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Robert A. Heinlein

My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity . . . and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So...

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Robert A. Heinlein

His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Oh, you have to charge 'em, Jubal. The marks won't pay attention if it's free.

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Robert A. Heinlein

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Churches thrive on martyrdom and persecution.

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Robert A. Heinlein

No matter what I said they insisted on thinking of God as something outside themselves. Something that yearns to take every indolent moron to His breast and comfort him. The notion that the effort has...

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Robert A. Heinlein

If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

When he kisses you he isn't doing anything else. You're his whole universe, and the moment is eternal because he doesn't have any plans and isn't going anywhere. Just kissing you ... it's overwhelming.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nursing does not diminish the beauty of a woman's breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy.

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Robert A. Heinlein

All human behavior, all human motivations, all man’s hopes and fears, were heavily colored and largely controlled by mankind’s tragic and oddly beautiful pattern of reproduction.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for---if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Many older physicians had gone to their graves calling Pasteur a liar, a fool, or worse---and without examining evidence which their “common sense” told them was impossible.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Random chance was not a sufficient explanation of the Universe---in fact, random chance was not sufficient to explain random chance; the pot could not hold itself.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Long human words (the longer the better) were easy, unmistakable, and rarely changed their meanings . . . but short words were slippery, unpredictable, changing their meanings without any pattern.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I have usually been able to work out some way to do business with him.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Money is truthful. If a man speaks of honor, make him pay cash.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Death isn't funny." "Then why are there so many jokes about death? Jill, with us — us humans — death is so sad that we must laugh at it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

When railroading time comes you can railroad—but not before.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Fulfillment in life is loving a good woman and killing a bad man.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Government! Three-fourths parasitic and the rest stupid fumbling - oh, Harshaw concluded that man, a social animal, could not avoid government, any more than an individual could escape bondage to his bowels....

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Robert A. Heinlein

In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.

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Robert A. Heinlein

In Wilson's scale of evaluations breakfast rated just after life itself and ahead of the chance of immortality.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Every general prohibition creates its bootleggers.

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Robert A. Heinlein

God created men to test the souls of women.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Money is a powerful aphrodisiac but flowers work almost as well.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are...

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Robert A. Heinlein

People simplify 'Apollonian' into 'mild', and 'calm', and 'cool'. But 'Apollonian' and 'Dionysian' are two sides of one coin--a nun kneeling in her cell, holding perfectly still, can be in ecstacy more...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Anything which is physically possible can always be made financially possible; money is a bugaboo of small minds.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I think that science fiction has a distinct therapeutic value because all of it has as its primary postulate that the world does change. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that idea.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing of value is free. Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I...

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Robert A. Heinlein

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.

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Robert A. Heinlein

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.

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Robert A. Heinlein

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression...

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Robert A. Heinlein

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

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Robert A. Heinlein

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.

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Robert A. Heinlein

May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

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Robert A. Heinlein

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

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Robert A. Heinlein

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never insult anyone by accident.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

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Robert A. Heinlein

One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

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Robert A. Heinlein

They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.

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Robert A. Heinlein

When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.

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Robert A. Heinlein

To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy - and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

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Robert A. Heinlein

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

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Robert A. Heinlein

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages...

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Robert A. Heinlein

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

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Robert A. Heinlein

- I'm so busy doing what I must do that I don't have time for what I ought to do... and I never get a chance to do what I want to do! - Son, that's universal. The way to keep that recipe from killing you...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime.

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Robert A. Heinlein

when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.

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Robert A. Heinlein

If possible, leave room for your enemy to become your friend.

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Robert A. Heinlein

If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people. -- Lazarus Long.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Heroism' often consists in keeping your head in an emergency and doing the best you can with what you have instead of panicking and being shot in the tail. People who fight this way win more battles than...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Learn to say No—and to be rude about it when necessary. Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I would say that my position is not too far from that of Ayn Rand's; that I would like to see government reduced to no more than internal police and courts, external armed forces -- with the other matters...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Drop dead-but first get permit

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Robert A. Heinlein

Yes, Boss?' Dorcas, the last twenty or thirty years I've been a worthless, no-good parasite.' She yawned again. 'Everybody knows that.' Nevermind the flattery. There comes a time in every man's life when...

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Robert A. Heinlein

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the lord in vain-...

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Robert A. Heinlein

If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Must be yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Seems to be a deep instinct in human beings for making everything compulsory that isn't forbidden.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Women are amazing creatures-sweet, soft, gentle, and far more savage than we are.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty". Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but...

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Robert A. Heinlein

I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at...

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Robert A. Heinlein

There are things which cannot be taught in ten easy lessons, nor popularized for the masses; they take years of skull sweat.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.

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Robert A. Heinlein

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Sex, whatever else it is, is an athletic skill. The more you practice, the more you can, the more you want to, the more you enjoy it, the less it tires you.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it's more sanitary.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no such thing as 'social gambling.' Either you are there to cut the other bloke's heart out and eat it -- or you're a sucker. If you don't like this choice -- don't gamble.

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Robert A. Heinlein

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

He's as weird as snake's suspenders but sweet as a stolen kiss, too.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing of value is free. Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain... The best things in life are beyond money; their price is agony and sweat and devotion......

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Robert A. Heinlein

I woke up in bed with a man and a cat. The man was a stranger; the cat was not

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Robert A. Heinlein

No woman ever ages beyond eighteen in her heart.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot...

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Robert A. Heinlein

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Unarmed hand-to-hand fighting does not change through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Random chance is not sufficient to explain random chance. ~Jubal Harshaw

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Robert A. Heinlein

Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not...

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Robert A. Heinlein

The 3-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with those three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another...

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no such thing as "Just a cat.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run.

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Robert A. Heinlein

If a thing's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. (Lazarus Long)

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Robert A. Heinlein

No storyteller has been able to dream up anything as fantastically unlikely as what really does happen in this mad Universe.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There ought not to be anything in the whole universe that man can't poke his nose into-that's the way we're built and I assume that there's some reason for that.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain.

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Robert A. Heinlein

If God existed (a question concerning which Jubal maintained a meticulous intellectual neutrality) and if He desired to be worshiped (a proposition which Jubal found inherently improbable but conceivably...

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Robert A. Heinlein

People who are busy and happy don't write diaries; they are too busy living.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Women talk when they want to. Or don't.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children...

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Robert A. Heinlein

The best things in history are accomplished by people who get tired of being shoved around.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I'll give you an exact definition. When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists.

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Robert A. Heinlein

On the steps of the Federal Building we ran into Carmencita Ibanez, a classmate of ours and one of the nice things about being a member of a race with two sexes.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Once a month, some women act like men act all the time.

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Robert A. Heinlein

From the strictest humanitarian viewpoint, any attempt to stop the processes by which over crowded cities purge themselves is not a kindness.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing uses up alcohol faster than political argument.

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Robert A. Heinlein

My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There were many, many times thereafter that Don regretted having enlisted - but so has every man who ever volunteered for military service.

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Robert A. Heinlein

From somewhere, back in my youth, heard Prof say, 'Manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' He had been teaching me something...

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Robert A. Heinlein

It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Specialization is for insects.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Do this. Don't do that. Stay back in line. Where's tax receipt? Fill out form. Let's see license. Submit six copies. Exit only. No left turn. No right turn. Queue up and pay fine. Take back and get stamped....

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Robert A. Heinlein

What are the facts? Again and again and again – what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think,...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing gives life more zest that running for your life.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised,...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you'll never really satisfy yourself that you've made it, and accept that that's okay.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse,

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Robert A. Heinlein

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Some logics get nervous breakdowns. Overloaded phone system behaves like frightened child. Mike did not have upsets, acquired sense of humor instead. Low one. If he were a man, you wouldn't dare stoop...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. Nor is this a source of dismay; a lost cause can be as spiritually satisfying as a victory.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A boy who gets a C- in 'Appreciation of Television' can't be all bad.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The saddest thing about ephemerals was that their little lives rarely held time enough for love.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The whole principle (censorship) is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak.

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Robert A. Heinlein

But if you didn't have more urgent things to do after supper [in boot camp], you could write a letter, loaf, gossip, discuss the myriad mental shortcomings of sergeants and, dearest of all, talk about...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Butterflies are not insects,' Captain John Sterling said soberly. 'They are self-propelled flowers.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Gratitude is a euphemism for resentment.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Thou art god, I am god. All that groks is god.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

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Robert A. Heinlein

I was not offended, my love. An insult is like a drink; it affects one only if accepted. And pride is too heavy baggage for my journey...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Since survival is the sine qua non, I now define the "moral behavior" as "behavior that tends toward survival".

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Robert A. Heinlein

Gentlemen, let's go row!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Man has no moral instinct. He is not born with moral sense. You were not born with it, I was not - and a puppy has none. We acquire moral sense, when we do, through training, experience, and hard sweat...

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Robert A. Heinlein

It seems to me that any law that is not enforced and can't be enforced weakens all other laws.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you.

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Robert A. Heinlein

The second best thing about space travel is that the distances involved make war very difficult, usually impractical, and almost always unnecessary. This is probably a loss for most people, since war is...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Dad claims that library science is the foundation of all sciences just as math is the key -- and we will survive or founder, depending on how well the librarians do their jobs. Librarians didn't look glamorous...

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Robert A. Heinlein

But does Man have any 'right' to spread through the universe? Man is what he is, a wild animal with the will to survive, and (so far) the ability, against all competition. Unless one accepts that, anything...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A zygote is a gamete's way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Budget the luxuries first.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Victory in defeat, there is none higher. She didn't give up, Ben; she's still trying to lift that stone after it has crushed her. She's a father working while cancer eats away his insides, to bring home...

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Robert A. Heinlein

There are a dozen different ways of delivering destruction in impersonal wholesale, via ships and missiles of one sort or another, catastrophes so widespread, so unselective, that the war is over because...

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Robert A. Heinlein

Remember though, your best weapon is between your ears and under your scalp -provided it's loaded.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Sense is never common.

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Robert A. Heinlein

A community where everyone is a ruthless murderer, with handy access to death-dealing devices, is a very polite community.

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Robert A. Heinlein

God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain...

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Robert A. Heinlein

What a wonderful world it is that has girls in it!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Circumstances can force your hand. So think ahead!

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Robert A. Heinlein

Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks....

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Robert A. Heinlein

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Jill: 'I don't pay attention to politics.' Ben: 'You should. It's barely less important than your own heart beat.' Jill: 'I don't pay attention to that, either.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Never try to outstubborn a cat.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Ignorance is curable, stupid is forever.

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