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Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Behind every mystery lies another mystery.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “A community where everyone is a ruthless murderer, with handy access to death-dealing devices, is a very polite community.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Since when was an emotional argument won by logic?”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “An armed man need not fight.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “There ought not to be anything in the whole universe that man can’t poke his nose into-that’s the way we’re built and I assume that there’s some reason for that.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Widows are far better than brides. They don’t tell, they won’t yell, they don’t swell, they rarely smell, and they’re grateful as hell.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I am only an egg.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Under what circumstances is it moral for a group to do that which is not moral for a member of that group to do alone?”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “When the need arises – and it does – you must be able to shoot your own dog.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The only thing privacy laws accomplish is making the bugs smaller.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Violence never settles anything should be debated by the ghosts of Hitler and Stalin, with the city fathers of Carthage as referees.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Darling, a true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does her whorish best. At other times you can be as modest and dignified as your persona requires.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “When railroading time comes you can railroad – but not before.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Cast me into a dungeon;, burn me at the state, crown me king of kings, I can ‘pursue happiness’ as long as my brain lives – but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can insure that I will catch it.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Waking a person unnecessarily should not be considered a capital crime. For a first offense, that is.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Some people insist that ‘mediocre’ is better than ‘best.’ They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly. They despise brains because they have none.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Pessimist by policy, optimist by temperament- it is possible to be both. How? By never taking an unnecessary chance and by minimizing the risks you can’t avoid. This permits you to play out the game untroubled by the certainty of the outcome.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Morals – all correct moral laws – derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “A friend who offers help without asking for explanations is a treasure beyond price.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “There is no safety this side of the grave.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I have never been able to see life as anything but a vast complicated practical joke, and it’s better to laugh than cry.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Always store beer in a dark place.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “When it don’t rain, the roof don’t leak; when it rains, I can’t fix it nohow.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Budget the luxuries first.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “The 3-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with those three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things ways that work but often we don’t know why.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I don’t see why human people make such a heavy trip out of sex. It isn’t anything complex, it is simply the best thing in life, even better than food.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Get a shot off fast. This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Why do some people act as if making money offended their delicate minds? I am out for a legitimate profit, and not ashamed of it; the fact that people will pay money for my goods and services shows that my work is useful.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Money is truthful. If a man speaks of honor, make him pay cash.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Evolution is a process that never stops. Baboons who fail to exhibit moral behavior do not survive; they wind up as meat for leopards.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Unarmed hand-to-hand fighting does not change through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Peace is an extension of war by political means. Plenty of elbow-room is pleasanter – and much safer.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Abstract knowledge is always useful, sooner or later.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “Humoring them costs nothing and adds to happiness in a world in which happiness is always in short supply.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quote: “I wanted the feeling of romance and the sense of wonder I had known as a kid. I wanted the world to be what they had promised me it was going to be – instead of the tawdry, lousy fouled-up mess it is.”
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