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

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

What we think of as ?Physical beauty? is almost certainly a tag for a complex of useful survival characteristics. Smartness?intelligence?among them.

While still a kitten, all fluff and buzzes, Pete had worked out a simple philosophy. I was in charge of quarters, rations, and weather; he was in charge of everything else. But he held me especially responsible for weather. Conneticut winters are good only for Christmas cards; regularly that winter Pete would check his own door, refuse to go outside because of that unpleasant white stuff beyond it (he was no fool), then badger me to open a people door.

Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love.

When a fact came along, he junked theories that failed to match.

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

Writing can be learned, but not taught.

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.

Who said I was wise? I?m a professional bad example. You can learn a lot by watching me. Or listening to me. Either one.

Writing is a legal way of avoiding work without actually stealing and one that doesn't take any talent or training.

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. 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.

Whores perform the same function as priests, but far more thoroughly.

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

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.

Value has no meaning other than in relationship to living beings. The value of a thing is always relative to a particular person, is completely personal and different in quantity for each living human?"market value" is a fiction, merely a rough guess at the average of personal values, all of which must be quantitatively different or trade would be impossible.

Were you born stupid, Heinrich, or did you have to study?

Victory in defeat, there is none higher. She didn't give up, Ben; she's still trying to lift that stone after it has crushed her. She's a father working while cancer eats away his insides, to bring home one more pay check. She's a twelve-year-old trying to mother her brothers and sisters because mama had to go to Heaven. She's a switchboard operator sticking to her post while smoke chokes her and fire cuts off her escape. She's all the unsung heroes who couldn't make it but never quit.

What a wonderful world it is that has women in it.

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion [that violence never settles anything] is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.

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!

To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

Waking a person unnecessarily should not be considered a capital crime. For the first offense, that is.

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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"