Robert A. Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

Robert A.
Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

American Novelist, Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Writer, called the "dean of science fiction writers"

Author Quotes

You don?t pay back, you pay forward.

You go into a man?s house, you accept his household rules ? that?s a universal law of civilized behavior.

You got the impression that he never needed to sleep - just ten-thousand-mile checkups and dust him off occasionally.

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

You have to give an editor something to change, or he gets frustrated. After he pees in it himself, he likes the flavor much better, so he buys it.

You have to have been out on a long patrol to appreciate this properly. You need to have looked forward to your day of guard duty, for the privilege of standing two hours out of each six with your spine against bulkhead thirty and your ears cocked for just the sound of a female voice. I suppose it's actually easier in the all-stag ships... but I'll take the Rodger Young. It's good to know that the ultimate reason you are fighting actually exists and that they are not just a figment of the imagination.

You just said you couldn?t.

You live and learn. Or you don't live long.

You obviously don't know what an Old Man of the Sea great wealth is. It is not a fat purse and time to spend it. Its owner finds himself beset on every side, at every hour, wherever he goes, by persistent pleaders, like beggars in Bombay, each demanding that he invest or give away part of his wealth. He becomes suspicious of honest friendship--indeed honest friendship is rarely offered him; those who could have been his friends are too fastidious to be jostled by beggars, too proud to risk being mistaken for one.

You should. It's barely less important than your own heart-beat.

You were probably educated in the conventional economic theories of your period which were magnificent and most ingenious, but--if you will pardon my saying so--all wrong.

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate ? and quickly.

You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish.

What distinguishes Buddhism from any other faith I?ve studied?from most human beings, really?is that the people who face the wall and the people who face away from it have never fought a war over it. They?re never going to agree?but they feel no need to. Buddha himself is supposed to have said, People with opinions just go around bothering each other.

When there?s nothing else you can do, breathe slower. There?s no way it can hurt, and it might help.

Women are amazing creatures-sweet, soft, gentle, and far more savage than we are.

You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

What do you ask after thirty years? Have they reached the stars yet? Who's cooking up 'The War to End War' this time? Do babies come out of test tubes? "Doc, do they still have popcorn machines in the lobbies of movie theatres?"

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.

Women seem to have almost unlimited capacity for forgiveness. (Since it is usually a man who needs forgiveness, this must be a racial survival trait.)

What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it.

When you?re rich, you don?t have friends; you just have endless acquaintances.

Women talk when they want to. Or don't.

What the self-styled modern artists are doing is a sort of unemotional pseudo-intellectual masturbation... whereas creative art is more like intercourse, in which the artist must seduce?render emotional-his audience, each time.

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.

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Robert A.
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Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald
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American Novelist, Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Writer, called the "dean of science fiction writers"