61 Most Famous Robert Heinlein Quotes

61 Most Famous Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Robert Heinlein was a science fiction author from Butler, Missouri. He was one of the most controversial writers of the genre in the time and was given the name “dean of science fiction”. Some of his most famous work is the short stories that were published in Astounding Science Fiction magazine. He died on May 8, 1988 at the age of 80.

“Die trying” is the proudest human thing.”

“A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws.”

“Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.”

“And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown — in the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability … and goodness … .of the overwhelming majority of my brothers
and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being.”

“Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.”

“Aside from a cold appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man.”

“Between being ‘right’ and being kind, I know which way I vote.”

“Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.”

“Criminals are never materially handicapped by such rules; the only effect is to disarm the peaceful citizen and put him fully at the mercy of the lawless. Such rules look very pretty on
paper; in practice they are as foolish and footless as the attempt of the mice to bell the cat.”

“Daddy says that, in a dilemma, it is helpful to change any variable, then reexamine the problem.”

“Death is an old friend; I know him well. I lived with him, ate with him, slept with him; to meet him again does not frighten me—death is as necessary as birth, as happy in its own way.”

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

“Each generation thinks it invented sex; each generation is totally mistaken. Anything along that line today was commonplace both in Pompeii and in Victorian England; the differences lie
only in the degree of coverup — if any.”

“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not
be done and could never happen.”

“Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events.”

“From my point of view it is better to be alive and young again, and broke, than it is to be the richest corpse in Forest Lawn.”

“Geniuses and supergeniuses always make their own rules on sex as on everything else; they do not accept the monkey customs of their lessers.”

“He seeks order, not truth. Suppose truth defies order, will he accept it? Will you? I think not.”

“How can you argue with a woman who won’t?”

“How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.”

“I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to
save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can’t save itself through
the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!”

“I am not going to talk about religious beliefs, but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them.”

“I believe in — I am proud to belong to — the United States.”

“I believe in the honest craft of workmen.”

“I counted to ten slowly, using binary notation.”

“I expect this to be my last venture in this field; ’tain’t worth the grief”

“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

“I have never been impressed by the formal schools of ethics.”

“I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, no matter how badly it’s written, has a distinct therapeutic value because all of it has as its
primary postulate that the world does change. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that idea.”

“I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.”

“I was too busy to oblige them by dying just now.”

“I will accept the rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. 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.”

“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.”

“If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.”

“Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are
almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.”

“Life is short, but the years are long.”

“Logic is a feeble reed, friend.”

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

“Morals — all correct moral laws — derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.”

“My old man claimed that the more complicated the law the more opportunity for scoundrels.”

“My wife Ticky is an anarchist-individualist .”

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”

“Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it’s supposed to do.”

“No philosophy that he had ever heard or read gave any reasonable purpose for man’s existence, nor any rational clue to his proper conduct. Basking in the sunshine might be as good a thing
to do with one’s life as any other — but it was not for him and he knew it, even if he could not define how he knew it.”

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”

“Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.”

“Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen
who were honest in their bones.”

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

“The best things in history are accomplished by people who get “tired of being shoved around.”

“The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.”

“The less respect an older person deserves the more certain he is to demand it from anyone younger.”

“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.”

“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 public interest. This strange doctrine is not
supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private

“There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?”

“There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.”

“We lived like that “Happy Family“ you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb. It is a startling exhibit but the lamb has to be replaced frequently.”

“When I don’t understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why.”

“When you’re rich, you don’t have friends; you just have endless acquaintances.”

“Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too.”

“You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.”

“You live and learn. Or you don’t live long.”