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354 Thought-provoking Quotes by Dean of Science Fiction Robert A. Heinlein

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Wikipedia Summary for Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and naval officer. Sometimes called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, and was thus a pioneer of the subgenre of hard science fiction. His published works, both fiction and non-fiction, express admiration for competence and emphasize the value of critical thinking. His work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, and on modern culture more generally.

Heinlein became one of the first American science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the "Big Three" of English-language science fiction authors. Notable Heinlein works include Stranger in a Strange Land,Starship Troopers (which helped mold the space marine and mecha archetypes) and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

His work sometimes had controversial aspects, such as plural marriage in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, militarism in Starship Troopers and technologically competent women characters that were formidable, yet often stereotypically feminine – such as Friday.

A writer also of numerous science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship (1937–1971) of John W. Campbell at Astounding Science Fiction magazine, though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Heinlein used his science fiction as a way to explore provocative social and political ideas, and to speculate how progress in science and engineering might shape the future of politics, race, religion, and sex.

Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the nature of sexual relationships, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.

Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974.

Four of his novels won Hugo Awards. In addition, fifty years after publication, seven of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence.

In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including grok, waldo and speculative fiction, as well as popularizing existing terms like "TANSTAAFL", "pay it forward", and "space marine". He also anticipated mechanical computer-aided design with "Drafting Dan" and described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel Beyond This Horizon.

In the first chapter of the novel Space Cadet he anticipated the cellular phone, 35 years before Motorola invented the technology.

Several of Heinlein's works have been adapted for film and television.

Quote: Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of kitten lying on red and white quatrefoil textile
Photo Credit: Jonathan Fink

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


Quote: The best things in history are accomplished by people who get tired of being shoved around. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of soldiers on battle tank
Photo Credit: Kevin Schmid

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


Quote: Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
Photo Credit: Ilya Shishikhin

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


Quote: The coldest depth of Hell is reserved for people who abandon kittens. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of black cat sitting on rock during day
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The coldest depth of Hell is reserved for people who abandon kittens.


Quote: Never try to outstubborn a cat. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat
Photo Credit: Max Baskakov

Never try to outstubborn a cat.


Quote: Money problems can always be solved by a man not frightened by them. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of woman in red tube dress holding wine glass
Photo Credit: Laura Chouette

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


Quote: Sex without love is merely healthy exercise. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of pink tree
Photo Credit: Ruby Doan

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.


Quote: May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
Photo Credit: Papaver rhoeas

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


Quote: Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog sitting on gray carpet
Photo Credit: Lucrezia Carnelos

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


Quote: I've never been able to understand 'faith' myself, nor to see how a just God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion out of an infinitude of false ones -- by faith alone. It strikes me as a sloppy way to run an organization, whether universe or a smaller one. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

I've never been able to understand 'faith' myself, nor to see how a just God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion out of an infinitude of false ones -- by faith alone. It strikes me as a sloppy way to run an organization, whether universe or a smaller one.


Quote: Butterflies are self-propelled flowers. Robert A. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers. Robert A.


Quote: Man is not a rational animal he is a rationalizing animal. Robert A. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Man is not a rational animal he is a rationalizing animal. Robert A.


Quote: It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust but to know. Ayn RandYou can go wrong by being too skeptical as readily as by being too trusting. Robert A. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

It was the greatest sensation of existence: not to trust but to know. Ayn RandYou can go wrong by being too skeptical as readily as by being too trusting. Robert A.


Quote: I never learned from a man who agreed with me. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.


Quote: Belief gets in the way of learning. Robert A. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Belief gets in the way of learning. Robert A.


Quote: 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 yesterday won't happen tomorrow. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 yesterday won't happen tomorrow.


Quote: Luck is a result of careful preparation, failure is a result of negligence. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Luck is a result of careful preparation, failure is a result of negligence.


Quote: When One Teaches, Two Learn. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

When One Teaches, Two Learn.


Quote: Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.


Quote: One man's magic is another man's engineering. Supernatural is a null word. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Love is a 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 that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Love is a 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 that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.


Quote: Never try to have the last word. You might get it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Abstract knowledge is always useful, sooner or later. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Abstract knowledge is always useful, sooner or later.


Quote: Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Man is what he is, a wild animal with the will to survive, and so far the ability, against all competition. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Man is what he is, a wild animal with the will to survive, and so far the ability, against all competition.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: In a mature society, 'civil servant' is semantically equal to 'civil master'. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Anybody can see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Anybody can see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be.


Quote: Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and you annoy the pig. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and you annoy the pig.


Quote: Once a month, some women act like men act all the time. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.


Quote: In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is to never let them find out. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is to never let them find out.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion.


Quote: 'Is this Paradise?'
'I can guarantee you that it isn't,' Jubal assured him. 'My taxes are due this week.' by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

'Is this Paradise?'
'I can guarantee you that it isn't,' Jubal assured him. 'My taxes are due this week.'


Quote: Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful.


Quote: 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 handled otherwise. I'm sick of the way government sticks its nose in everything, now. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: 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 handled otherwise. I'm sick of the way government sticks its nose in everything, now.- black text on quotes background

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 handled otherwise. I'm sick of the way government sticks its nose in everything, now.


Quote: Of all the creatures on this planet none is more dangerous than a human being. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I counted to ten slowly, using binary notation. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I counted to ten slowly, using binary notation.


Quote: Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth Stupid fumbling. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. But simply because an evil was inescapable was no reason to term it "good." He wished that government would wander off and get lost! (96).


Quote: The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member. The civilian does not. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member. The civilian does not.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things ways that work but often we don't know why. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things ways that work but often we don't know why.


Quote: The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.


Quote: Almost all crime depends on the acquiescence of the victim. If the victim refuses his assigned role, the criminal is placed at a disadvantage -- one so severe, that it usually takes an understanding and compassionate judge to set things right. I had broken the rules. I had fought back. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: Almost all crime depends on the acquiescence of the victim. If the victim refuses his assigned role, the criminal is placed at a disadvantage -- one so severe, that it usually takes an understanding and compassionate judge to set things right. I had broken the rules. I had fought back.- black text on quotes background

Almost all crime depends on the acquiescence of the victim. If the victim refuses his assigned role, the criminal is placed at a disadvantage -- one so severe, that it usually takes an understanding and compassionate judge to set things right. I had broken the rules. I had fought back.


Quote: How is a sincere criminal, trying hard, going to get ahead in his profession if his victim fails to cooperate? by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

How is a sincere criminal, trying hard, going to get ahead in his profession if his victim fails to cooperate?


Quote: Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, 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 ensure that I will catch it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, 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 ensure that I will catch it.


Quote: The greatest fallacy of democracy is that everyone's opinion is worth the same. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: When you read about chemistry and physics, you want to do them too. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

When you read about chemistry and physics, you want to do them too.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: In Wilson's scale of evaluations breakfast rated just after life itself and ahead of the chance of immortality. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: He ate what was set before him. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

He ate what was set before him.


Quote: Patriotism is not sentimental nonsense. Nor something dreamed up by demagogues. Patriotism is as necessary a part of man's evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Patriotism is not sentimental nonsense. Nor something dreamed up by demagogues. Patriotism is as necessary a part of man's evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Gratitude is a euphemism for resentment. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Gratitude is a euphemism for resentment.


Quote: Formal courtesy between husband and wife is even more important than it is between strangers. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Formal courtesy between husband and wife is even more important than it is between strangers.


Quote: 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'. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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'.


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Marrying Gretchen is a good idea, darling; I would enjoy bringing her up. Teaching her to shoot, helping her with her first baby, coaching her in how to handle a knife, working out with her in martial arts, all the homey domestic skills a girl needs in this modern world. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

Marrying Gretchen is a good idea, darling; I would enjoy bringing her up. Teaching her to shoot, helping her with her first baby, coaching her in how to handle a knife, working out with her in martial arts, all the homey domestic skills a girl needs in this modern world.


Quote: A fake fortuneteller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

A fake fortuneteller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved.


Quote: A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Library science was the foundation of all sciences. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Library science was the foundation of all sciences.


Quote: Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.


Quote: When it don't rain, the roof don't leak; when it rains, I can't fix it nohow. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: The meek shall inherit the earth -- a 6 foot plot above them. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The meek shall inherit the earth -- a 6 foot plot above them.


Quote: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Seems to be a deep instinct in human beings for making everything compulsory that isn't forbidden. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere!


Quote: If you do not believe that a man will commit murder for one can of tomatoes, then you have never been hungry. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

If you do not believe that a man will commit murder for one can of tomatoes, then you have never been hungry.


Quote: Certain types of loudmouthism should be a capital offense among decent people. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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.


Quote: Decency is not news; it is buried in the obituaries --  but it is a force stronger than crime. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I was there to see beautiful naked women. So was everybody else. It's a common failing. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code... obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code... obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 sneer at us and be smug, because we 'fail' to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything -- obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.


Quote: Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.


Quote: I don't gamble, if you will concede that poker is a game of skill. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I don't gamble, if you will concede that poker is a game of skill.


Quote: Drop dead-but first get permit. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Drop dead-but first get permit.


Quote: Every general prohibition creates its bootleggers. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Every general prohibition creates its bootleggers.


Quote: Property is not the natural and obvious and inevitable concept that most people think it is. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Property is not the natural and obvious and inevitable concept that most people think it is.


Quote: Whores perform the same function as priests, but far more thoroughly. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Whores perform the same function as priests, but far more thoroughly.


Quote: The Colorado River was at a record low and the towers in Lake Mead stood high out of the water. But the Angelenos committed communal suicide by watering lawns as usual. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The Colorado River was at a record low and the towers in Lake Mead stood high out of the water. But the Angelenos committed communal suicide by watering lawns as usual.


Quote: Men are not potatoes! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Men are not potatoes!


Quote: Unless you intend to kill him immediately thereafter, never kick a man in the balls. Not even symbolically. Or perhaps especially not symbolically. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Unless you intend to kill him immediately thereafter, never kick a man in the balls. Not even symbolically. Or perhaps especially not symbolically.


Quote: If men were the automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologists could not have invented the amazing nonsense called 'behaviorist psychology.' by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

If men were the automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologists could not have invented the amazing nonsense called 'behaviorist psychology.'


Quote: Brainpower is the scarcest commodity and the only one of real value. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Brainpower is the scarcest commodity and the only one of real value.


Quote: Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: My old man claimed that the more complicated the law the more opportunity for scoundrels. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

My old man claimed that the more complicated the law the more opportunity for scoundrels.


Quote: Marriage is a psychological condition, not a civil contract and a license. Once a marriage is dead, it is dead, and it begins to stink faster than a dead fish. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Marriage is a psychological condition, not a civil contract and a license. Once a marriage is dead, it is dead, and it begins to stink faster than a dead fish.


Quote: Everybody else specializes. Daddy knows everything, and he puts the pieces together. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Everybody else specializes. Daddy knows everything, and he puts the pieces together.


Quote: I am only an egg. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I am only an egg.


Quote: There will always be survivors. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

There will always be survivors.


Quote: 'Private,' he said firmly. 'Family matter. Go have a drink.'
'Whose family?'
'A death in yours, if you insist.' by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

'Private,' he said firmly. 'Family matter. Go have a drink.'
'Whose family?'
'A death in yours, if you insist.'


Quote: Please don't invent a debt that does not exist, or next you will be trying to feel gratitude -- and that is the treacherous first step toward complete moral degradation. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Please don't invent a debt that does not exist, or next you will be trying to feel gratitude -- and that is the treacherous first step toward complete moral degradation.


Quote: Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too.


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