Robert A Heinlein Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along. Robert A Heinlein

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

Logic is a feeble reed, friend. Robert A Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of - but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert A Heinlein

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

Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith. Robert A Heinlein

Ignorance is curable, stupid is forever. Robert A Heinlein

In a family argument, if it turns out you are right, apologize at once. Robert A Heinlein

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

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

You do' pay back, you pay forward. Robert A Heinlein

The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you. Robert A Heinlein

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

In terms of morals there is no such thing as "state." Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts. Robert A Heinlein

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

Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan? Robert A Heinlein

ANYTHING will burn with enough gasoline and dynamite. Robert A Heinlein

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

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

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

My old man claimed that the more complicated the law the more opportunity for scoundrels. Robert A Heinlein

Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal. Robert A Heinlein

Ayn Rand is a bloody socialist compared to me. Robert A Heinlein

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

Random chance is not sufficient to explain random chance. ~Jubal Harshaw Robert A Heinlein

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

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse, Robert A Heinlein

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

Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them. Robert A Heinlein

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

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

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert A Heinlein

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

Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well. Robert A Heinlein

The shamans are forever yacking about their snake-oil miracles. I prefer the Real McCoy - a pregnant woman. Robert A Heinlein

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

Between being 'right' and being kind, I know which way I vote. Robert A Heinlein

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

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

Remember though, your best weapon is between your ears and under your scalp -provided it's loaded. Robert A Heinlein

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise. Robert A Heinlein

Secrecy begets tyranny. Robert A Heinlein

Have you ever noticed how much they look like orchids? lovely! Robert A Heinlein

Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too. Robert A Heinlein

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

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. Robert A Heinlein

The most noble fate a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war's desolation. Robert A Heinlein

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

Coffee comes in five descending stages: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe, and Carbon Remover. Robert A Heinlein

A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology. Robert A Heinlein

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

Those who refuse to support and defend the state have no claim to protection by that state. Killing an anarchist or a pacifist should not be considered "murder" in a legalistic sense. The offense against the state, if any, should be "Using deadly weapons within city limits," or "Creating a traffic hazard," or other misdemeanor. Robert A Heinlein

...a book need never die and should not be killed; books were the immortal part of man. Robert A Heinlein

Christ was crucified for preaching without a police permit Robert A Heinlein

In terms of morals there is no such thing as 'state.' Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts. Robert A Heinlein

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

A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it-it keeps him upright. Robert A Heinlein

Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo. Robert A Heinlein

Man has no moral instinct. He is not born with moral sense. You were not born with it, I was not - and a puppy has none. We acquire moral sense, when we do, through training, experience, and hard sweat of the mind. Robert A Heinlein

Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure "good" government, it simply insures that it will work. But such governments are rare - most people want to run things, but want no part of the blame. This used to be called the "backseat driver" syndrome. Robert A Heinlein

When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force, my friends, is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived. Robert A Heinlein

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do. Robert A Heinlein

Then I glanced at the ring on my finger. The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from-but where did all you zombies come from? I felt a headache coming on, but a headache powder is one thing I do not take. I did once-and you all went away. So I crawled into bed and whistled out the light. You are' really there at all. There is' anybody but me-Jane-here alone in the dark. I miss you dreadfully! Robert A Heinlein

If I do' start having service I'm going to swap you all for a dog and shoot the dog. Robert A Heinlein

The bugs are not like us. The Pseudo-Arachnids are' even like spiders. They are arthropods who happen to look like a madman's conception of a giant intelligent spider, but their organization, psychological and economic, is more like that of ants or termites; they are communal entities, the ultimate dictatorship of the hive. Robert A Heinlein

The stars incline, but do not impel. Robert A Heinlein

The meek shall inherit the earth - a 6 foot plot above them. Robert A Heinlein

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