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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,633 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Too young to fight in the First World War, but destined to lead the first successful expedition to another star system, the (literally) immortal Lazarus Long is the most popular and enduring character created by Robert A. Heinlein, author of numerous New York Times best sellers. He starred in Heinlein's most popular novels, including Methuselah's Children, Time Enough For ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Baen (first published 1975)
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Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People with brains they walk at least twice a day
Recommended to Sobriquet by: B
Shelves: the-books
Make no mistake-- I love Heinlein, I adore Heinlein, I think the man is a god in the genre but a spastically snarling part of me loathes Lazarus Long. Lazarus Long, the man who lives forever, the man with a brain I envy, the man with many women... I cannot stand him. Starship Troopers and the thirty-second bomb I salute; Stranger in a Strange Land I shed an ironically pathetic tear with; and so goes with most of his work, preachiness and all. (That man had Good Ideas.) Let us be armed, let us be ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruetha by: my father
Shelves: multiple-reads
This edition of The Notebooks of Lazarus Long is eloquently illustrated with calligraphy to add a luxury to this wealth of good advice.

When I first began reading Heinlein, I was a child of no more than eleven. This, like the book it is collected from (Time Enough for Love), and other of his works played major parts in shaping my personal philosophy, mode of thinking, and subsequently myself into who I am today. That said, I hold a strong bias toward most things Heinlein. I love this collection o
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
SO I am a sucker for Heinlein's work I admit it but this one intrigued me. Now the wiki page pretty much sums this book up - its short - mainly because it was made up from articles and comments made in other publications which were attributed to Lazarus Long rather in the same fictitious vein as the Book Of Counted Sorrows by Dean Koontz. So some industrious person has collected them all in to one book - or in this case an e-book since the Bean paperback was unavailable. They are an interesting ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Mind you, before you purchase this, you need to know that it is not a novel, but a collection of quotes and such from Lazarus Long, hence the title, although given its length, it should be 'notebook', not 'notebooks'. Some of these quotes you can find in various books with the character, but this book does come in handy because there's some pretty clever quotes here. ...more
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Nicely done with some illuminations. Lazarus Long is a character from Robert A. Heinlein. This book is a collection of comments from him. "Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark". ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2fiction, scifi, 1paper
You'll find most of this in "Time Enough for Love" & other books. Having all that preaching together in one place is just too much. Lazarus is the oldest man alive & while he's entertaining, he's overbearing & full of himself. After "Time Enough for Love" he was a major figure in other books & it all got to be too much for me. Too little story, too much 'father figure' preaching.

I absolutely love a lot of the sayings attributed to Lazarus Long, though. They're witty & very often true. Stuff like
Seizure Romero
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi geeks & heinlein fans
Shelves: mine, sf-fantasy
I'm rather ambivalent towards most of Heinlein's writing, but this collection of quotes is an entertaining and quick read.

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

"It is better to copulate than never."

and one that is rather timely:

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once."
(reminiscent of a favorite of mine, attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserv
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, suggested, 2018
I loved this! Some of the things said are funny, or simple, or insightful, or anything else! Heinlein has been one of those authors I hear frequently about from my father and I am so glad he has lent me this illustrated copy (illustrations by D.F.Vassallo). I shall go and buy my own copy to keep and flick through when I need.

Beautifully illustrated and a wonderful collection of thoughts from the character of Lazarus Long.
Tom Schulte
this is a collection of aphorisms in a special edition illuminated by calligrapher D. F. Vassallo. these bon mots at times reminded me of Twain, like expecting climate and getting weather. I like the nerdier ones like specialization being for insects and "anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes..." ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
A selection of quotes from one of Heinlein’s most famous characters. The profound ones are few, the humorous ones even more sparse. Most just sound good, but are just pithy and lacking substance.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the collection of the interstitial quotes from Time Enough for Love, nicely illuminated. It's nice to see calligraphy is not a lost art. It's a good resource to have for Lazarus Long quotes. ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I haven't encountered Lazarus Long yet, but this is a great little book of his wise sayings. Some are beautifully illuminated, but all are applicable. It is printed on thick, laid paper that's a joy to touch. If I was still at my work office, I'd be copying many of the illuminated pages. ...more
Jim Tyler
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short quotes that are sometimes funny, sometimes meaningful, and occasionally shows Heinlein's attitude and period he lived in. ...more
Bill White
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books of aphorisms from Heinlein. Fun stuff! You can read this in one sitting.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: donated
Heinlein's opinions were just the worst, weren't they? ...more
Judy OConnell
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Women and children first.

Great read.
Reminds the individual to be aware of the moment and place we inhabit.
Reminds the individual male how important the woman is in our future.
Forked Radish
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: in-stock
R.A. Heinlein may have been some kind of insane, fascist, bonobo (Pan paniscus) and human hybrid.
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Quotes from 'Notebooks' appear just about everywhere. Entire copies of this book are available on many websites. The best thing about the quotes is their original context... which this volume strips away entirely.

The contents of this book are merely an excerpt from Heinlein's 'Time Enough For Love,' the magnum opus that gives us the most complete view available of Heinlein's beloved protagonist Lazarus Long. Read as coming from that romantically pragmatic survivalist curmudgeon (can any one pers
Justine Ten
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Heinlein and Mr. Long are back in the forefront of my gray matter. Not sure why but I know the "solution". Library!

Some of my favorite obvervations by the (fictional?) Lazarus Long are:

By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man--man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him.

Men are more sentimental than women. It blurs their thinking.

Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the calligraphy that made me buy this back in 1986. I was still dabbling in the art myself, and seeing the examples using quotes by Heinlein's character sealed the deal.

Now, decades later, I still haul it out to smile softly at some of the pithy sayings. Is there true wisdom in here? No, not really, but some good sayings nonetheless that encourage me to think for myself. And save me the burden of re-reading the novels.
Tim Gannon
Jun 19, 2010 rated it liked it
It is a compilation of sayings of Lazarus Long who is an immortal from the works of Robert Heinlein. This book has many of the sayings illustrated by a master calligrapher. From time to time, I do enjoy reading the sayings of others. My hopes are that some wisdom that they impart can make my own journey a little richer.
Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is required reading for any fan of Heinlein, the Future History series, and the character of Lazarus Long. All sorts of bit sof wisdom and quotes from a variety of books, including a lot from "Time Enough for Love", which is one of my favorites. Very amusing, and tells you a lot about the author. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has a rational basis. Religion is not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help." - Robert Heinlein via Lazarus Long

Amazing collection of wisdom and beautiful book if you get a chance to add one to your collection you should. This edition is amazingly illustrated.
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joe by: my mom
I read a much earlier edition of this - repeatedly. :-) It is one of my favorite books ever. Lazarus Long is hilarious; and while being gut-busting at times, Notebooks is full of wisdom too.
Jason Yang
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at a coffeeshop, not knowing what to expect. There are a lot of funny/interesting statements here, but I get the feeling that I would appreciate this more if I read any of the other works be Heinlein. Apparently, this notebook has something to do with his science fiction series.
Rick Bavera
Quotable writing from Heinlein. This short book is full of some "deep" thoughts from one of the masters of science fiction.

I enjoyed re-reading this book. It went quickly. Agreed with most of what is in it, too. Not all, but most.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, but I found out I had already read it.

"The Notebooks of Lazarus Long" is also included in Heinlein's novel "Time Enough for Love", and that is what I would suggest you read instead.

Peter rock
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
smile bitches your on candid camerea and tat is a laser site on yyoour head
- rebecca e sanderz conneticut p.d.
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
If I were able to do needlepoint, my home would be adorned with many of these quotes.
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be more of a novel, and less notes by the main character. It was interesting, but not as much as I had hoped.
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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".

He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre

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