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Robert A Heinlein
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A Heinlein
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In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. Robert A Heinlein
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Random chance was not a sufficient explanation of the Universe-in fact, random chance was not sufficient to explain random chance; the pot could not hold itself. Robert A Heinlein
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Random chance is not sufficient to explain random chance. ~Jubal Harshaw Robert A Heinlein
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Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse, Robert A Heinlein
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Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. Robert A Heinlein
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Ignorance is curable, stupid is forever. Robert A Heinlein
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Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too. Robert A Heinlein
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It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code... obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence. Robert A Heinlein
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Whether the authorities be invaders or merely local tyrants, the effect of such [gun control] laws is to place the individual at the mercy of the state, unable to resist. Robert A Heinlein
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Remember though, your best weapon is between your ears and under your scalp -provided it's loaded. Robert A Heinlein
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Secrecy begets tyranny. Robert A Heinlein
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Have you ever noticed how much they look like orchids? lovely! Robert A Heinlein
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Why don't they make more science fiction movies? The answer to any question starting, Why don't they- is almost always, Money. Robert A Heinlein
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Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan? Robert A Heinlein
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ANYTHING will burn with enough gasoline and dynamite. Robert A Heinlein
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Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. Robert A Heinlein
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Sex without love is merely healthy exercise. Robert A Heinlein
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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
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Anyone who clings to the historically untrue-and thoroughly immoral-doctrine that, 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom. Robert A Heinlein
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In the eighty or ninety years I have given to this subject, trying to trace out the meanderings of their twisty little minds, the only thing that I have learned for certain about women is that when a gal is gonna, she's gonna. All a man can do is cooperate with the inevitable. Robert A Heinlein
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Between being 'right' and being kind, I know which way I vote. Robert A Heinlein
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Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For women, "equality" is a disaster. Robert A Heinlein
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What are the facts? Again and again and again - what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" - what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts! Robert A Heinlein
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Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along. Robert A Heinlein
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The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you. Robert A Heinlein
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Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them. Robert A Heinlein
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The ethics of sex is a thorny problem. Each of us is forced to grope for a solution he can live with - in the face of preposterous, unworkable, and evil code of so-called 'Morals.' Most of us know the code is wrong, almost everybody breaks it. But we pay Danegeld by feeling guilty and giving lip service. Willy-nilly, the code rides us, dead and stinking, an albatross around the neck. Robert A Heinlein
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I am not going to talk about religious beliefs, but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. Robert A Heinlein
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Logic is a feeble reed, friend. Robert A Heinlein
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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of - but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert A Heinlein
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The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak. Robert A Heinlein
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In terms of morals there is no such thing as "state." Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts. Robert A Heinlein
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If an elderly respected expert in a given field tells you that something can be done he is almost certainly right. If an elderly respected expert in a given field tells you that something is impossible, he is almost certainly wrong. Robert A Heinlein
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You do' pay back, you pay forward. Robert A Heinlein
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My old man claimed that the more complicated the law the more opportunity for scoundrels. Robert A Heinlein
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Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal. Robert A Heinlein
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Ayn Rand is a bloody socialist compared to me. Robert A Heinlein
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I would say that my position is not too far from that of Ayn Rand's; that I would like to see government reduced to no more than internal police and courts, external armed forces - with the other matters handled otherwise. I'm sick of the way the government sticks its nose into everything, now. Robert A Heinlein
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Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert A Heinlein
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God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills. Robert A Heinlein
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Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well. Robert A Heinlein
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The shamans are forever yacking about their snake-oil miracles. I prefer the Real McCoy - a pregnant woman. Robert A Heinlein
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I had taken a partner once before-but, damnation, no matter how many times you get your fingers burned, you have to trust people. Otherwise you are a hermit in a cave, sleeping with one eye open. Robert A Heinlein
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God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good, and is no sillier than any other theology. Robert A Heinlein
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Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith. Robert A Heinlein
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In a family argument, if it turns out you are right, apologize at once. Robert A Heinlein
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But, do you know, once you get used to it's rather cute. I mean, if a girl looks alright to start with, she still looks alright with her head smooth. Robert A Heinlein
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I'll give you an exact definition. When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists. Robert A Heinlein
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The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it continues until it destroys. Robert A Heinlein
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My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity . . . and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So now I do what pleases myself. Robert A Heinlein
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God created men to test the souls of women. Robert A Heinlein
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There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to the public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute not common law. Neither individuals not corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. Robert A Heinlein
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If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people. - Lazarus Long. Robert A Heinlein
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I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I have usually been able to work out some way to do business with him. Robert A Heinlein
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Nothing uses up alcohol faster than political argument. Robert A Heinlein
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From somewhere, back in my youth, heard Prof say, 'Manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' He had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well-something in math-but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle. Robert A Heinlein
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The second best thing about space travel is that the distances involved make war very difficult, usually impractical, and almost always unnecessary. This is probably a loss for most people, since war is our race's most popular diversion, one which gives purpose and color to dull and stupid lives. But it is a great boon to the intelligent man who fights only when he must-never for sport. Robert A Heinlein
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Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy. Robert A Heinlein
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A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology. Robert A Heinlein
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There are a dozen different ways of delivering destruction in impersonal wholesale, via ships and missiles of one sort or another, catastrophes so widespread, so unselective, that the war is over because that nation or planet has ceased to exist. What we do is entirely different. We make war as personal as a punch in the nose. We can be selective, applying precisely the required amount of pressure at the specified point at a designated time - we've never been told to go down and kill or capture all left-handed redheads in a particular area, but if they tell us to, we can. We will. Robert A Heinlein
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English is the largest of human tongues, with several times the vocabulary of the second largest language - this alone made it inevitable that English would eventually become, as it did, the lingua franca of this planet, for it is thereby the richest and most flexible - despite its barbaric accretions . . . or, I should say, because of its barbaric accretions. English swallows up anything that comes its way, makes English out of it. Robert A Heinlein
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A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld. Robert A Heinlein
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Girls are simply wonderful. Just to stand on a corner and watch them going past is delightful. They don't walk. At least not what we do when we walk. I don't know how to describe it, but it's much more complex and utterly delightful. They don't move just their feet; everything moves and in different directions . . . and all of it graceful. Robert A Heinlein
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Civilians are like beans; you buy 'em as needed for any job which merely requires skill and savvy. But you can't buy fighting spirit. Robert A Heinlein
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Our behavior is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?-TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out. Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature-a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price. Robert A Heinlein
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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
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The stars incline, but do not impel. Robert A Heinlein
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The meek shall inherit the earth - a 6 foot plot above them. Robert A Heinlein
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Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. Robert A Heinlein
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