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

Though weather is important while it happens it seems to me to be pretty dull to look back on. You can take descriptions of most any sort of weather out of an almanac and stick them in just anywhere; they'll probably fit.

The ways of God and government and girls are all mysterious, and it is not given to mortal man to understand them.

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?

They don?t have mothers. Just ask any trained private. They reproduce by fission... like all bacteria.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak.

There is no safety this side of the grave.

They insisted on thinking of God as something outside themselves. Something that yearns to take every indolent moron to His breast and comfort him.

Throw away every book, table, instrument, and start over? I know that some of my ancestors did that in switching from old English units to MKS--but they did it to make things easier. Fourteen inches to a foot and some odd number of feet in a mile. Ounces and pounds. Oh, Bog!

The word 'love' designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness.

There is no such thing as "social gambling." Either you are there to cut the other bloke's heart out and eat it -- or you're a sucker.

They made the predictable fuss about taking a cat into a room and an auto-bellhop is not responsive to bribes?hardly an improvement. But the assistant manager had more flexibility in his synapses; He listened to reason as long as it was crisp and rustled.

Till the stars grow old and our sun grows cold? Will you fight for us, lie for us, love us - and let us love you?

The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for---if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.

There is no such thing as Just a cat.

Thing that got me was not her list of things she hated, since she was obviously crazy as a Cyborg, but fact that always somebody agreed with her prohibitions. Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws ? always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: Please pass this so that I won't be able to do something I know I should stop. Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them for their own good ? not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it.

Tilting at windmills hurts you more than the windmills.

Then I glanced at the ring on my finger. The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from?but where did all you zombies come from? I felt a headache coming on, but a headache powder is one thing I do not take. I did once?and you all went away. So I crawled into bed and whistled out the light. You aren?t really there at all. There isn?t anybody but me?Jane?here alone in the dark. I miss you dreadfully!

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

Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.

Time enough for love.

Theology is never any help it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured...the only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked to him with a stick. If you disturb the patient at such time, he may break into tears or become violent.

This has more aspects than a cat has hair.

Time is never a problem on the God level. Or space. Whatever needed to deceive you was provided. But no more than that. That is the conservative principle in art at the God level. While I can't do it, not being at that level, I have seen a lot of it done. A skillful Artist in shapes and appearances does no more than necessary to create His effect.

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