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Robert Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (7 July 1907 - 8 May 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of science fiction of the 20th Century.
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A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.

Robert Heinlein

If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

A motion to adjourn is always in order.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt.

Robert Heinlein

Anyone who clings to the historically untrue - and thoroughly immoral - doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and there freedoms.

Robert Heinlein

Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win.

Robert Heinlein

Anyone who clings to the historically untrue -- and thoroughly immoral -- doctrine that `violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.

Robert Heinlein

If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

Specialization is for insects.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert 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.

Robert Heinlein

That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed.

Robert Heinlein

How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.

Robert Heinlein

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 people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

The Office does not sanctify the holder of it.

Robert Heinlein

I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy--in fact, they're almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil...

Robert Heinlein

Thou art God, and I am God and all that groks is God.

Robert Heinlein

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

Robert Heinlein
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