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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
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Jul 15, 2009

really liked it
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‘Grok’ means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry , lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy and science—and it means as little to us as color means to a blind man. (p. 206)

Jealousy is a disease, love is healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy—in fact, they’re almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Both at once produce unbearable turmoil… (p. 345)

"Thou art God." It’s not a message of cheer and hope, Jubal. It’s a defiance—and an unafraid unabashed assumption of personal responsibility. (p. 400)

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