Robert A Heinlein Quotes (57 quotations)

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1. A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. - Robert A Heinlein

2. A fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig. - Robert A Heinlein

3. A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. - Robert A Heinlein

4. A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain - then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system? - Robert A Heinlein

5. A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun - and neither can stop the march of events. - Robert A Heinlein

6. A poet that reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. - Robert A Heinlein

7. A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. - Robert A Heinlein

8. Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it. - Robert A Heinlein

9. An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A Heinlein

10. Anyone who clings to the historically untrue - and thoroughly immoral - doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms. - Robert A Heinlein

11. Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. - Robert A Heinlein

12. By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. - Robert A Heinlein

13. 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. - Robert A Heinlein

14. Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy. - Robert A Heinlein

15. Each man is his own prisoner, in solitary confinement for life. - Robert A Heinlein

16. Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen. - Robert A Heinlein

17. For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization. - Robert A Heinlein

18. History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it. - Robert A Heinlein

19. How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven. - Robert A Heinlein

20. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert A Heinlein

21. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert A Heinlein

22. I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes. - Robert A Heinlein

23. I never learned from a man who agreed with me. - Robert A Heinlein

24. If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain! - Robert A Heinlein

25. If you disturb the patient at such times, he may break into tears or become violent. and, if you shake him, he bites. - Robert A Heinlein

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