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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

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 United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance.

Robert A. 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

Of all the nonsense that twists the world, the concept of 'altruism' is the worst. People do what they want to do, every time.

Robert A. 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

A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun - and neither can stop the march of events.

Robert A. 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

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

Robert A. Heinlein

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishfull thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.

Robert A. Heinlein

Luck is a tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius.

Robert A. 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

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.

Robert A. 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

Remind me to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers.

Robert A. Heinlein

Nobody has ever seen an electron. Nor a thought. You can't see a thought, you can't measure, weigh, nor taste it- but thoughts are the most real things in the Galaxy.

Robert A. Heinlein

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Robert A. Heinlein
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