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Robert A. Heinlein
July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.


When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.


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


I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.


The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.


When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.


For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.


I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.


It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.


A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.


One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.


They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.


Never insult anyone by accident.


May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.


Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.


You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.


By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.


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.


No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.


It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.


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