R A Heinlein Famous Quotes & Sayings

32 R A Heinlein Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.
You. What is the moral difference, if
any, between the soldier and the civilian?"
"The difference," I answered carefully, "lies in the field of civic
virtue. A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body
politic of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life.
The civilian does not.
Heinlein Robert A. R A Heinlein Sayings By Heinlein Robert A.: You. What is the moral difference, ifany, between the soldier and the civilian?""The difference," I
No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.
But when they began handing out doctorates for comparative folk dancing and advanced fly-fishing, I became too stink in' proud to use the title. I won't touch watered whiskey and I take no pride in watered-down degrees.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: But when they began handing out doctorates for comparative folk dancing and advanced fly-fishing, I
Once there was a race, quite unlike the human race - quite. I have no way of describing to you what they looked like or how they lived, but they had one characteristic you can understand: they were creative. The creating and enjoying of works of art was their occupation and their reason for being.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Once there was a race, quite unlike the human race - quite. I have no
The way to live a long time - oh, a thousand years or more - is something between the way a child does it and the way a mature man does it. Give the future enough thought to be ready for it - but don't worry about it. Live each day as if you were to die next sunrise. Then face each sunrise as a fresh creation and live for it, joyously. And never think about the past. No regrets, ever.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: The way to live a long time - oh, a thousand years or more -
A verbalizing race has words for every old concept . . . and creates new words or new definitions for old words whenever a new concept comes along. Always! A nervous system that is able to verbalize cannot avoid verbalizing; it's automatic.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: A verbalizing race has words for every old concept . . . and creates new
Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys
I'll take Heinlein over a headmistress any day.Jo Walton R A Heinlein Sayings By Jo Walton: I'll take Heinlein over a headmistress any day.
The mind's ability to rationalize it's own shortcomings is unlimited; I am no exception.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: The mind's ability to rationalize it's own shortcomings is unlimited; I am no exception.
In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is to never let them find out.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your
I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much ... because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much ... because
The junior hoodlums who roamed their streets were symptoms of a greater sickness; their citizens (all of them counted as such) glorified their mythology of 'rights' . . . and lost track of their duties. No nation, so constituted, can endure.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: The junior hoodlums who roamed their streets were symptoms of a greater sickness; their citizens
Most gods have the morals of a spoiled child.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Most gods have the morals of a spoiled child.
Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is ... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be ... and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart ... no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can
But I have no beliefs. Belief gets in the way of learning.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: But I have no beliefs. Belief gets in the way of learning.
In ascending order the qualities of Patriotism are: 1. To work, fight, or die for your own survival. 2. To work, fight, or die for your immediate family. 3. To work, fight, or die for a group, extended family, tribe, or clan. 4. To work, fight, or die for a group too large for all the individuals to know each other. 5. To work, fight, or die for a way of life.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: In ascending order the qualities of Patriotism are: 1. To work, fight, or die for
He held a vast but carefully concealed distaste for all things American. Their incredible polytheistic babel of religions, of course, although they were hardly to be blamed for that . . . their cooking (cooking!!!), their manners, their bastard architecture and sickly arts . . . and their blind, pathetic, arrogant belief in their superiority long after their sun had set. Their women. Their women most of all, their immodest, assertive women, with their gaunt, starved bodies which nevertheless reminded him disturbingly of houris.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: He held a vast but carefully concealed distaste for all things American. Their incredible polytheistic
I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure
will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage
and his noble essential decency.
This I believe with all my heart.
Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable
Simply because an evil was inescapable was no reason to term it a 'good.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Simply because an evil was inescapable was no reason to term it a 'good.
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.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by Homo Sapiens is that the Lord God of
It's a man's business to be what he is, and to be it in style.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: It's a man's business to be what he is, and to be it in style.
Everybody is equal. Everybody! That's the law."
"They are? Only from on top.
Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Everybody is equal. Everybody! That's the law.""They are? Only from on top.
The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry
That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed
I wanted us to get out of production. Jake Schmidt, our production shop master, was a good man; nevertheless I was forever being jerked out of a warm creative fog to straighten out bugs in production - which is like being dumped out of a warm bed into ice water. This was the real reason why I had been doing so much nightwork and staying away from the shop in the daytime.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: I wanted us to get out of production. Jake Schmidt, our production shop master, was
Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs - sex especially. When they are growing up, they are nerve ends all over, and resent (quite properly) any invasion of their privacy. Oh, sure, they'll make mistakes - but that's their business, not yours. (You made your own mistakes, did you not?)Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs - sex especially. When they are growing up,
It was better to live with disappointment and frustration than to live without hope.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: It was better to live with disappointment and frustration than to live without hope.
If I had had any sense, I'd have quit and taken a working job. The only trouble with that would be that I wouldn't have been working for the Old Man any longer. That made the difference. Not that he was a soft boss. He was quite capable of saying, "Boys, we need to fertilize this oak tree. Just jump in that hole at its base and I'll cover you up." We'd have done it. Any of us would. And the Old Man would bury us alive, too, if he thought that there was as much as a 53 percent probability that it was the Tree of Liberty he was nourishing.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: If I had had any sense, I'd have quit and taken a working job. The
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both
Women seem to have almost unlimited capacity for forgiveness. (Since it is usually a man who needs forgiveness, this must be a racial survival trait.Robert A. Heinlein R A Heinlein Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Women seem to have almost unlimited capacity for forgiveness. (Since it is usually a man
One of the big breakthroughs, I think for me, was reading Robert A. Heinlein's four rules of writing, one of which was, 'You must finish what you write.' I never had any problem with the first one, 'You must write' - I was writing since I was a kid. But I never finished what writing.George R R Martin R A Heinlein Sayings By George R R Martin: One of the big breakthroughs, I think for me, was reading Robert A. Heinlein's four