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Time Enough for Love Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
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“Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.
But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a footpad than it is with the leech who wants "just a few minutes of your time, please—this won't take long." Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these parasites will use up 100 percent of your time—and squawk for more!
So learn to say No—and to be rude about it when necessary. Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you.
(This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don't do it because it is "expected" of you.)”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“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
“A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Be wary of strong drink, it can make you shoot at the tax collector...and miss.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Live and learn, or you don't live long.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“I came, I saw, she conquered."
The original Latin seems to have been garbled.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Cheops' Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. [He is also a fool.]”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Sense is never common.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“There is no conclusive evidence of life after death, but there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know, so why fret about it?”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“The correct way to punctuate a sentence that states: "Of course it is none of my business, but -- " is to place a period after the word "but." Don't use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Everybody lies about sex.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful -- just stupid.)”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Heroism' often consists in keeping your head in an emergency and doing the best you can with what you have instead of panicking and being shot in the tail. People who fight this way win more battles than do intentional heroes; a glory hound often throws away the lives of his mates as well as his own.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“Every general prohibition creates its bootleggers.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
“A community where everyone is a ruthless murderer, with handy access to death-dealing devices, is a very polite community.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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