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

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.

Women will forgive anything... Otherwise the race would have died out long ago.

Two bodies attract each other directly as the product of their masses and inversely as the square of their distance.' It sounds like a rule for simple physical facts, does it not? Yet it is nothing of the sort; it was the poetical way the old ones had of expressing the rule of propinquity which governs the emotion of love. The bodies referred to are human bodies, mass is their capacity for love. Young people have a greater capacity for love than the elderly; when they are thrown together they fall in love, yet when they are separated they soon get over it. 'Out of sight, out of mind.' It's as simple as that. But you were seeking some deep meaning for it.

We may eliminate death someday but I doubt if we?ll ever eliminate taxes.

Under our system every voter and officeholder is a man who has demonstrated through voluntary and difficult service that he places the welfare of the group ahead of personal advantage.

We organized First and Second Volunteer Defense Gunners of Free Luna-two regiments so that First could snub lowly Second and Second could be jealous of First.

Under what circumstances is it moral for a group to do that which is not moral for a member of that group to do alone?

We pray for one last landing on the globe that gave us birth; let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies and the cool, green hills of Earth.

Unless you intend to kill him immediately thereafter, never kick a man in the balls. Not even symbolically. Or perhaps especially not symbolically.

We used these rifles in field exercises to simulate a lot of deadlier and nastier aimed weapons, too.

Until a person, man or woman, has enjoyed this treasure bathed in the mutual bliss of minds linked as closely as bodies, that person is still as virginal and alone as if he has never copulated.

We?re simply trying to survive?and the first principle of survival is not to worry about the impossible and concentrate on what?s possible.

Up leaps the race of Earthmen, out, far, and onward yet--

Well... I'm learning.

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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"