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354 Thought-provoking Quotes by Dean of Science Fiction Robert A. Heinlein (Page 2 of 2)

Quote: A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an intellectual -- find out how he feels about astrology. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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 to be cheap and is never free of cost. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 to be cheap and is never free of cost.






Quote: Scalping a man is a hell of a poor way to cure him of dandruff. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Scalping a man is a hell of a poor way to cure him of dandruff.


Quote: High Frontier places a bullet-proof vest on our bare chest. High Frontier is as non-aggressive as a bullet-proof vest. There is no way to kill anyone with High Frontier -- all that High Frontier can do is to keep others from killing us. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

High Frontier places a bullet-proof vest on our bare chest. High Frontier is as non-aggressive as a bullet-proof vest. There is no way to kill anyone with High Frontier -- all that High Frontier can do is to keep others from killing us.


Quote: What a wonderful world it is that has girls in it! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: - 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 is occasionally to do what you want to do anyhow. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

- 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 is occasionally to do what you want to do anyhow.


Quote: For millennia philosophers and saints have tried to reason out a logical scheme for the universe... until Hilda came along and demonstrated that the universe is not logical but whimsical, its structure depending solely on the dreams and nightmares of non-logical dreamers. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

For millennia philosophers and saints have tried to reason out a logical scheme for the universe... until Hilda came along and demonstrated that the universe is not logical but whimsical, its structure depending solely on the dreams and nightmares of non-logical dreamers.


Quote: Tilting at windmills hurts you more than the windmills. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Tilting at windmills hurts you more than the windmills.




Quote: 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
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

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
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold.


Quote: No woman ever ages beyond eighteen in her heart. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

No woman ever ages beyond eighteen in her heart.


Quote: The most important lesson in the writing trade is that any manuscript is improved if you cut away the fat. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: A community where everyone is a ruthless murderer, with handy access to death-dealing devices, is a very polite community. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Another ingredient in a happy marriage: Budget the luxuries first! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Another ingredient in a happy marriage: Budget the luxuries first!


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

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.


Quote: Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws -- always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws -- always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up.


Quote: Anything free is worth what you pay for it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Quote: A pacifist male is a contradiction in terms. Most self-described pacifists are not pacific; they simply assume false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

A pacifist male is a contradiction in terms. Most self-described pacifists are not pacific; they simply assume false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger.


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

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.


Quote: From my point of view, a great deal of openly expressed piety is insufferable conceit. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

From my point of view, a great deal of openly expressed piety is insufferable conceit.


Quote: Being privileged to work hard for long hours at something you think is worth doing is the best kind of play. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Being privileged to work hard for long hours at something you think is worth doing is the best kind of play.


Quote: 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 frenzied than any priestess of Pan Priapus celebrating the vernal equinox. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

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 frenzied than any priestess of Pan Priapus celebrating the vernal equinox.


Quote: No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.


Quote: His claim to Mars is lawyers' hogwash; as a lawyer myself I need not respect it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

His claim to Mars is lawyers' hogwash; as a lawyer myself I need not respect it.


Quote: With eternity to draw on there could be no reason for hurrying -- 'hurry' was not a concept in Martian. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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 period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: 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 period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.- black text on quotes background

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 period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.


Quote: I have never been able to see how a thirty-year old moron can vote more wisely than a fifteen-year old genius. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I have never been able to see how a thirty-year old moron can vote more wisely than a fifteen-year old genius.




Quote: Anyone who can worship a trinity and insist that his religion is a monotheism can believe anything. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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- then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system? by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: 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- then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?- black text on quotes background

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- then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?


Quote: An invention is something that was impossible up to then that's why governments grant patents. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

An invention is something that was impossible up to then that's why governments grant patents.


Quote: We each have a moral obligation to conserve and preserve beauty in this world; there is none to waste. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

We each have a moral obligation to conserve and preserve beauty in this world; there is none to waste.


Quote: 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 for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.


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

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.


Quote: The commonest weakness of our race is our ability to rationalize our most selfish purposes. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious.


Quote: What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'.- black text on quotes background

What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'.


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

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. Drop dead-- but first get permit.


Quote: Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: But I contend that the disgusting behavior of many of their alleged 'holy men' relieves us of any intellectual obligation to take the stuff seriously. No amount of sanctimonious rationalization can make such behavior anything but pathological. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

But I contend that the disgusting behavior of many of their alleged 'holy men' relieves us of any intellectual obligation to take the stuff seriously. No amount of sanctimonious rationalization can make such behavior anything but pathological.


Quote: The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion -- in the long run, these are the only people who count. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion -- in the long run, these are the only people who count.


Quote: His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.


Quote: Once you get to earth orbit, you're halfway to anywhere in the solar system. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.




Quote: Each man is his own prisoner, in solitary confinement for life. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Each man is his own prisoner, in solitary confinement for life.


Quote: An armed society is a polite society. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

An armed society is a polite society.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: 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 is a polite society. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 is a polite society.


Quote: Many short-sighted fools think that going to the Moon was just a stunt. But the astronauts knew the meaning of what they were doing, as is shown by Neil Armstrong's first words in stepping down onto the soil of Luna: One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

Many short-sighted fools think that going to the Moon was just a stunt. But the astronauts knew the meaning of what they were doing, as is shown by Neil Armstrong's first words in stepping down onto the soil of Luna: One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.


Quote: The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group
 without being willing to pay; and claims a halo for his dishonesty. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group
without being willing to pay; and claims a halo for his dishonesty.


Quote: 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, he will vomit them out. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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, he will vomit them out.


Quote: A handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

A handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.


Quote: The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.


Quote: Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.


Quote: Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on ... as long as the women and children are saved. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on ... as long as the women and children are saved.




Quote: I never do anything I don't want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: The right to figure things out for yourself is the only true freedom everyone shares. Go use it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The right to figure things out for yourself is the only true freedom everyone shares. Go use it.


Quote: Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan? by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.


Quote: There was one field in which man was unsurpassed; he showed unlimited ingenuity in devising bigger and more efficient ways to kill off, enslave, harass, and in all ways make an unbearable nuisance of himself to himself. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

There was one field in which man was unsurpassed; he showed unlimited ingenuity in devising bigger and more efficient ways to kill off, enslave, harass, and in all ways make an unbearable nuisance of himself to himself.


Quote: A critic is a man who creates nothing. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

A critic is a man who creates nothing.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: It was equally imperative that this chain of reactions should always tend to dampen, to die out. It must not build up, or the uranium mass would explode within a time interval too short to be measured by any means whatsoever. Nor would there be anyone left to measure it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote; white text on black background

It was equally imperative that this chain of reactions should always tend to dampen, to die out. It must not build up, or the uranium mass would explode within a time interval too short to be measured by any means whatsoever. Nor would there be anyone left to measure it.


Quote: To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: My vocal cords lived their own life, wild and free. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I'm afraid of coaching, of writer's classes, of writer's magazines, of books on how to write. They give me centipede trouble -- you know the yarn about the centipede who was asked how he managed all his feet? He tried to answer, stopped to think about it, and was never able to walk another step. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: I'm afraid of coaching, of writer's classes, of writer's magazines, of books on how to write. They give me centipede trouble -- you know the yarn about the centipede who was asked how he managed all his feet? He tried to answer, stopped to think about it, and was never able to walk another step.- black text on quotes background

I'm afraid of coaching, of writer's classes, of writer's magazines, of books on how to write. They give me centipede trouble -- you know the yarn about the centipede who was asked how he managed all his feet? He tried to answer, stopped to think about it, and was never able to walk another step.


Quote: Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs -- sex especially. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs -- sex especially.


Quote: The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: He was delighted to recognize his own human name on two of the papers; he always got an odd thrill out of reading it, as if he were two places at once. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

He was delighted to recognize his own human name on two of the papers; he always got an odd thrill out of reading it, as if he were two places at once.


Quote: Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: It's amazing how much 'mature wisdom' resembles being too tired. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Geniuses and supergeniuses always make their own rules about sex as on everything else; they do not accept the monkey customs of their lessers. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Geniuses and supergeniuses always make their own rules about sex as on everything else; they do not accept the monkey customs of their lessers.


Quote: Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it's more sanitary. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.


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

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.


Quote: The whole principle (censorship) is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Spacemen die if they stay in one place. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Spacemen die if they stay in one place.


Quote: The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.


Quote: The Stone trembled and threw herself outward bound, toward Saturn. In her train followed hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands of thousands of restless, rolling Stones ... to Saturn ... to Uranus, to Pluto ... rolling on out to the stars ... outward bound to the ends of the Universe. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of Robert A. Heinlein quote: The Stone trembled and threw herself outward bound, toward Saturn. In her train followed hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands of thousands of restless, rolling Stones ... to Saturn ... to Uranus, to Pluto ... rolling on out to the stars ... outward bound to the ends of the Universe.- black text on quotes background

The Stone trembled and threw herself outward bound, toward Saturn. In her train followed hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands of thousands of restless, rolling Stones ... to Saturn ... to Uranus, to Pluto ... rolling on out to the stars ... outward bound to the ends of the Universe.


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

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.


Quote: I know why we laugh. We laugh because it hurts, and it's the only thing to make it stop hurting. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I know why we laugh. We laugh because it hurts, and it's the only thing to make it stop hurting.


Quote: Support for the arts -- merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Support for the arts -- merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!




Quote: One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Get a shot off fast. This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Get a shot off fast. This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect.


Quote: Once a man gets a reputation as a liar, he might as well be struck dumb, for people do not listen to the wind. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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




Quote: A family reunion is an effective form of birth control. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.


Quote: I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest.


Quote: The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win.


Quote: The world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better... with hands... with tools... with horse sense and science and engineering. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better... with hands... with tools... with horse sense and science and engineering.


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: There are only five things really worth drawing; four of them are pretty girls and the fifth is cats. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

There are only five things really worth drawing; four of them are pretty girls and the fifth is cats.


Quote: Have you ever noticed how much they look like orchids? lovely! by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Yes, sir, there are things to see and do on the French Riviera without spending money. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Yes, sir, there are things to see and do on the French Riviera without spending money.


Quote: It is possible that the percentage of honest and competent whores is higher than that of plumbers and much higher than that of lawyers. And enormously higher than that of professors. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

It is possible that the percentage of honest and competent whores is higher than that of plumbers and much higher than that of lawyers. And enormously higher than that of professors.




Quote: A zest for living must include a willingness to die. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

A zest for living must include a willingness to die.


Quote: 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 now I do what pleases myself. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 now I do what pleases myself.


Quote: A friend who offers help without asking for explanations is a treasure beyond price. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Nursing does not diminish the beauty of a woman's breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes.


Quote: The golden sunshine of Italy congealed into tears. Here's to alcoholic brotherhood ... much more suited to the frail human soul, if any, than any other sort. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

The golden sunshine of Italy congealed into tears. Here's to alcoholic brotherhood ... much more suited to the frail human soul, if any, than any other sort.


Quote: There were many, many times thereafter that Don regretted having enlisted -- but so has every man who ever volunteered for military service. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster.


Quote: Does history record any case in which the majority was right? by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

Secrecy begets tyranny.


Quote: Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents.


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

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.


Quote: Fulfillment in life is loving a good woman and killing a bad man. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Anything which is physically possible can always be made financially possible; money is a bugaboo of small minds. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth -- then shut up. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.


Quote: If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: In the twentieth century, nowhere on Earth was sex so vigorously suppressed as in America -- -and nowhere else was there such a deep interest in it. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

In the twentieth century, nowhere on Earth was sex so vigorously suppressed as in America -- -and nowhere else was there such a deep interest in it.


Quote: A generation which ignores history has no past -- and no future. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Never insult anyone by accident. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Never insult anyone by accident.


Quote: Being right too soon is socially unacceptable. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.


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

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.


Quote: It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: 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 in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.


Quote: Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


Quote: 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 to be controlled and those who have no such desire. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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 to be controlled and those who have no such desire.


Quote: Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract. by author Robert A. Heinlein overlaid on photo of photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

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


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