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“There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“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
“Nothing uses up alcohol faster than political argument.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“A rational anarchist believes that concepts such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame… as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else. But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world…aware that his effort will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failure.

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“My point is that one person is responsible. Always. [...] In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Women are amazing creatures-sweet, soft, gentle, and far more savage than we are.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
tags: women
“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'.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. 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, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Women talk when they want to. Or don't.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“One might define adulthood as the age at which a person learns that he must die ...and accepts his sentence undismayed.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“From somewhere, back in my youth, heard Prof say, 'Manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' He had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well—something in math—but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Anything which is physically possible can always be made financially possible; money is a bugaboo of small minds.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category with the classic example 'a little bit pregnant.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Nor would anybody suspect. If was one thing all people took for granted, was conviction that if you feed honest figures into a computer, honest figures come out. Never doubted it myself till I met a computer with a sense of humor.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Seems to be a deep instinct in human beings for making everything compulsory that isn't forbidden.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Certain types of loudmouthism should be a capital offense among decent people.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Must be yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Drop dead-but first get permit”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. Nor is this a source of dismay; a lost cause can be as spiritually satisfying as a victory.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“As it says in the Bible, God fights on the side with the heaviest artillery.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Thing that got me was not her list of things she hated, since she was obviously crazy as a Cyborg, but fact that always somebody agreed with her prohibitions. 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. Because not one of those people said: "Please pass this so that I won't be able to do something I know I should stop." Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them "for their own good" — not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Children seldom are able to realize that death will come to them personally. One might define adulthood as the age at which a person learns that he must die ... and accepts his sentence undismayed.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Some logics get nervous breakdowns. Overloaded phone system behaves like frightened child. Mike did not have upsets, acquired sense of humor instead. Low one. If he were a man, you wouldn't dare stoop over. His idea of thigh-slapper would be to dump you out of bed — or put itch powder in pressure suit.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“Must be a yearning deep in the human heart to stop the 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 wen we stood up. Because not one of those people said: "Please pass this so that I won't be able to do something I know I should stop." Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them "for their own good"--not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“My point is that one person is responsible, Always. If H-bombs exist--and they do--some man controls them. In terms of morals there is no such thing as 'state'. Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“We organized First and Second Volunteer Defense Gunners of Free Luna-two regiments so that First could snub lowly Second and Second could be jealous of First.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
“I'm too much old-timer to be rude to a woman no matter what - they have so much of what we have none of.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
tags: woman
“I don't know Who is cranking; I'm pleased He doesn't stop.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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