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  • #1
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #2
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #3
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Anybody can look at a pretty girl and 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 that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #4
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #5
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress


  • #6
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love


  • #7
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For women, "equality" is a disaster.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #8
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #9
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #10
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #11
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #12
    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 A. Heinlein


  • #13
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #14
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. 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.’

    ‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #15
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #16
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. 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 A. Heinlein


  • #17
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that 'news' is not something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he himself is no different--in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal resourcefulness.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #18
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong - but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star


  • #19
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “English is the largest of human tongues, with several times the vocabulary of the second largest language -- this alone made it inevitable that English would eventually become, as it did, the lingua franca of this planet, for it is thereby the richest and most flexible -- despite its barbaric accretions . . . or, I should say, because of its barbaric accretions. English swallows up anything that comes its way, makes English out of it.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land


  • #20
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Do-gooding is like treating hemophilia - the real cure is to let hemophiliacs bleed to death...before they breed more hemophiliacs.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land


  • #21
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “An armed society is a polite society. ”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #22
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “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.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #23
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Let's skip [Mobile Infantry] tradition for a moment. Can you think of anything sillier than being fired out of a spaceship with nothing but mayhem and sudden death at the other end? However, if someone must do this idiotic stunt, do you know a surer way to keep a man keyed up to the point where he is willing than by keeping him constantly reminded that the only good reason why men fight is a living, breathing reality?
    "In a mixed ship [men and women] the last thing a trooper hears before a drop (maybe the last word he ever hears) is a woman's voice, wishing him luck. If you don't think this is important you've probably resigned from the human race.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #24
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Correct morality can only be derived from what man is — not from what do-gooders and well-meaning aunt Nellies would like him to be.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #25
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “The instinct to survive is human nature itself, and every aspect of our personalities derives from it. Anything that conflicts with the survival instinct acts sooner or later to eliminate the individual and thereby fails to show up in future generations. . . . A scientifically verifiable theory of morals must be rooted in the individual's instinct to survive--and nowhere else!--and must correctly describe the hierarchy of survival, note the motivations at each level, and resolve all conflicts.
    We have such a theory now; we can solve any moral problem, on any level. Self-interest, love of family, duty to country, responsibility toward the human race . . . .
    The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #26
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #27
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “If we can use an H-bomb--and as you said it's no checker game; it's real, it's war and nobody is fooling around--isn't it sort of ridiculous to go crawling around in the weeds, throwing knives and maybe getting yourself killed . . . and even losing the war . . . when you've got a real weapon you can use to win? What's the point in a whole lot of men risking their lives with obsolete weapons when one professor type can do so much more just by pushing a button?'
    Zim didn't answer at once, which wasn't like him at all. Then he said softly, 'Are you happy in the Infantry, Hendrick? You can resign, you know.'
    Hendrick muttered something; Zim said, 'Speak up!'
    I'm not itching to resign, sir. I'm going to sweat out my term.'
    I see. Well, the question you asked is one that a sergeant isn't really qualified to answer . . . and one that you shouldn't ask me. You're supposed to know the answer before you join up. Or you should. Did your school have a course in History and Moral Philosophy?'
    What? Sure--yes, sir.'
    Then you've heard the answer. But I'll give you my own--unofficial--views on it. If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cuts its head off?'
    Why . . . no, sir!'
    Of course not. You'd paddle it. There can be circumstances when it's just as foolish to hit an enemy with an H-Bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax. War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence. But it's not your business or mine to decide the purpose of the control. It's never a soldier's business to decide when or where or how--or why--he fights; that belongs to the statesmen and the generals. The statesmen decide why and how much; the generals take it from there and tell us where and when and how. We supply the violence; other people--"older and wiser heads," as they say--supply the control. Which is as it should be. That's the best answer I can give you. If it doesn't satisfy you, I'll get you a chit to go talk to the regimental commander. If he can't convince you--then go home and be a civilian! Because in that case you will certainly never make a soldier.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #28
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Every time we killed a thousand Bugs at a cost of one M.I. it was a net victory for the Bugs. We were learning, expensively, just how efficient a total communism can be when used by a people actually adapted to it by evolution; the Bug commisars didn't care any more about expending soldiers than we cared about expending ammo. Perhaps we could have figured this out about the Bugs by noting the grief the Chinese Hegemony gave the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance; however the trouble with 'lessons from history' is that we usually read them best after falling flat on our chins.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #29
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #30
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche




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