Heinlein Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“Two bodies attract each other directly as the product of their masses and inversely as the square of their distance.' It sounds like a rule for simple physical facts, does it not? Yet it is nothing of the sort; it was the poetical way the old ones had of expressing the rule of propinquity which governs the emotion of love. The bodies referred to are human bodies, mass is their capacity for love. Young people have a greater capacity for love than the elderly; when thy are thrown together they fall in love, yet when they are separated they soon get over it. 'Out of sight, out of mind.' It's as simple as that. But you were seeking some deep meaning for it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky

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

Larry Niven
“It's very difficult for a black man to get out of South-Central Los Angeles, and get out civilized....The only men I know who have escaped, all began reading Robert Heinlein at age ten.”
Larry Niven, Scatterbrain

Robert A. Heinlein
“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.

Robert A. Heinlein - Starship Troopers”
Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Robert A. Heinlein
“When One Teaches, Two Learn”
Robert Heinlein

Jo Walton
“There's a way that money is freedom, but it isn't money, it's that money stands for having a choice.”
Jo Walton, Among Others

Robert A. Heinlein
“There is a misconception, geocentric and anthropomorphic, common to the large majority the the earthbound, which causes them to visualize a planetary system stereoscopically. The mind's eye sees a sun, remote from a backdrop of stars, and surrounded by spinning apples -- the planets. Step out on your balcony and look. Can you tell the planets from the stars? Venus you may pick out with ease, but could you tell it from Canopus, if you had not previously been introduced? That little red speck -- is it Mars, or is it Antares? Blast for Antares, believing it to be a planet, and you will never live to have grandchildren.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky

Robert A. Heinlein
“An apostate scientist, a kidnapped scientist, a dull peasant, a two-headed monster, an apple-brained moron -- five knives, counting Joe-Jim as one; five brains, counting Joe-Jim as two and Bobo as none -- five brains and five knives to overthrow an entire culture.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky

Robert A. Heinlein
“...ღრმად სწამდა, რომ რომელიმე კარის მიღმა მაინც იქნებოდა ზაფხული. ამის გამო ყოველ ჯერზე თერთმეტივე კარს მაღებინებდა. თითოეულ კართან იქამდე ვიცდიდი, ვიდრე პიტი დარწმუნდებოდა, რომ აქაც ზამთარია. შემდეგ მომდევნო კართან ვინაცვლებდით... პიტს ზაფხულში გასასვლელი კარის ძებნა არასოდეს შეუწყვეტია.”
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