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Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Dad claims that library science is the foundation of all sciences just as math is the key – and we will survive or founder, depending on how well the librarians do their jobs. Librarians didn’t look glamorous to me but maybe Dad had hit on a not very obvious truth.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be... more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo see that this lovely young girl is still alive.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “His older self had taught his younger self a language which the older self knew because the younger self, after being taught, grew up to be the older self and was, therefore, capable of teaching.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Selfishness is the bedrock on which all moral behavior starts and it can be immoral only when it conflicts with a higher moral imperative.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Small change can often be found under seat cushions.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The killer looked up as the bullet hit him. He looked as if he were puzzled by some strange occurence, being too freshly dead to be aware of it.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “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 Quote: “If I had a Boy Scout I could make a fire by rubbing his hind legs together.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Gratitude is a euphemism for resentment.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I’ve never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith-it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Stinky says women should be obscene but not heard.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Patriotism is not sentimental nonsense. Nor something dreamed up by demagogues. Patriotism is as necessary a part of man’s evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I’m a professional bad example. You can learn a lot by watching me. Or listening to me. Either one.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Hit it! You have to hit it harder than that. Electrons are timid little things but notional; you have to let them know who’s boss.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “What a wonderful world it is that has girls in it!”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off?”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Drop dead-but first get permit.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “All human behavior, all human motivations, all man’s hopes and fears, were heavily colored and largely controlled by mankind’s tragic and oddly beautiful pattern of reproduction.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The only religious opinion I feel sure of is this: self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “They were all three amazingly beautiful; they were also amazingly good secretaries. In Harshaw’s opinion the principle of least action required that utility and beauty be combined.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I never do anything I don’t want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Contemplation must bring forth right action in order to permit further growth.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Beauty is not diminished by being shared.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “There are only five things really worth drawing; four of them are pretty girls and the fifth is cats.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Nothing uses up alcohol faster than political argument.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “My vocal cords lived their own life, wild and free.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The ordinary bloke will not voluntarily pay for “art” that leaves him unmoved – if he does pay for it, the money has to be conned out of him, by taxes and such.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Religion is a solace to many people and it is even conceivable that some religion, somewhere, really is Ultimate Truth. But in many cases, being religious is merely a form of conceit.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness, but I don’t argue with it especially as I am rarely in a position to prove that it is mistaken. Negative proof is usually impossible.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere!”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “English is capable of defining sentiments that the human nervous system is quite incapable of experiencing.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “There is solemn satisfaction in doing the best you can for eight billion people. Perhaps their lives have no cosmic significance, but they have feelings. They can hurt.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Remember this: once the human race is established on more than one planet and especially, in more than one solar system, there is no way now imaginable to kill off the human race.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I don’t see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “High Frontier places a bullet-proof vest on our bare chest. High Frontier is as non-aggressive as a bullet-proof vest. There is no way to kill anyone with High Frontier – all that High Frontier can do is to keep others from killing us.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “You got the impression that he never needed to sleep – just ten-thousand-mile checkups and dust him off occasionally.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I’m not trying to frighten you, but only a fool makes predictions based on ignorance; I am not that sort of fool.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Happiness consists in getting enough sleep.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “In Wilson’s scale of evaluations breakfast rated just after life itself and ahead of the chance of immortality.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The saddest thing about ephemerals was that their little lives rarely held time enough for love.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “If men were the automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologists could not have invented the amazing nonsense called ‘behaviorist psychology.’”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Don’t explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy – and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Must be yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Are you trying to tell all of us we have a bad signal-to-noise ratio?”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Being sorry won’t get you into heaven. Get happy, son. Get that old spring into your step and stay on your toes.”
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