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Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Robert Heinlein is one of the great masters of science fiction, famous for Stranger in a Strange Land and other classics in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Here are a few quotes from Robert Heinlein.

  • "An armed society is a polite society."
    - Robert Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon
     
  • "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "A motion to adjourn is always in order."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "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 Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."
    - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
     
  • "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 Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
     
  • "'Love' is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
    - Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
     
  • "There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk 'his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor' on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown children, can never be anything else."
    - Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
     
  • "Thou art God, and I am God and all that groks is God."
    - Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
     
  • "First, what is it you want us to pay taxes for? Tell me what I get and perhaps I’ll buy it."
    - Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
     
  • "There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
    - Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
     

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