robert a. heinlein Quotes

Ninety percent of all human wisdom is the ability to mind your own business.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
You do not truly own anything that you can't carry in both arms at a dead run
— Robert A. Heinlein
- I'm so busy doing what I must do that I don't have time for what I ought to do... and I never get a chance to do what I want to do! - Son, that's universal. The way to keep that recipe from killing you is occasionally to do what you want to do anyhow.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.
— Robert A. Heinlein
Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.
— Robert A. Heinlein
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it continues until it destroys.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny
— Robert A. Heinlein
(E)ach generation thinks it invented sex; each generation is totally mistaken. Anything along that line today was commonplace both in Pompeii and in Victorian England; the differences lie only in the degree of coverup - if any.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks. Still another may labor mightily for years in pu
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— Robert A. Heinlein
No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
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'.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
The greatest fallacy of democracy is that everyone's opinion is worth the same.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you'll never really satisfy yourself that you've made it, and accept that that's okay.
— Robert A. Heinlein
A critic is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased, he hates all creative people equally.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by Homo Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not receive this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Man has no moral instinct. He is not born with moral sense. You were not born with it, I was not - and a puppy has none. We acquire moral sense, when we do, through training, experience, and hard sweat of the mind.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
I'll give you an exact definition. When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists.
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— Robert A. Heinlein
I came, I saw, she conquered." The original Latin seems to have been garbled.
— Robert A. Heinlein
The right to figure things out for yourself is the only true freedom everyone shares. Go use it.
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— Robert A. Heinlein