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

Robert A.
Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald
1907

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

Author Quotes

The drive for power is even less logical than the sex urge... and stronger.

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

The people will take a certain amount of reform, then they want a rest. But the reforms stay.

The trouble with lessons from history is that we usually read them best after falling flat on our chins.

The best things in life are beyond money; their price is agony and sweat and devotion... and the price demanded for the most precious of all things in life is life itself?ultimate cost for perfect value.

The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.

The meek shall inherit the earth - a 6 foot plot above them.

The phrase "we (I) (you) simply must ?" designates some thing that need not be done. "That goes without saying" is a red warning. "Of course" means you had best check it yourself. These small-change clich‚s and others like them, when read correctly, are reliable channel markers.

The truth of a proposition has little or nothing to do with its psychodynamics. The notion that ?truth will prevail? is merely a pious wish; history doesn?t show it.

The Bible Belt faith in which I was brought up encouraged me to think that I was better than the rest of the world; I was ?saved? and they were ?damned? ? we were in a state of grace and the rest of the world were ?heathens??and by ?heathen? they meant such people as our brother Mahmoud. It meant an ignorant, stupid lout who seldom bathed and planted his corn by the phase of the Moon could claim to know the final answers of the Universe. That entitled him to look down his nose at everybody else. Our hymn book was loaded with such arrogance ? mindless, conceited, self-congratulation on how cozy we were with the Almighty and what a high opinion he had of us and us alone, and what hell everybody else was going to catch come Judgment Day.

The faith in which I was brought up assured me that I was better than other people; I was saved, they were damned...Our hymns were loaded with arrogance -- self-congratulation on how cozy we were with the Almighty and what a high opinion he had of us, what hell everybody else would catch come Judgment Day.

The moment I put it on, that suit became an old, familiar, and valued friend?and I became taller and wider across the shoulders. It could not have fit better if it had been made on my body. It knew things about me I wouldn?t learn for years yet, and approved of them all.

The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom. That's a personal evaluation, of course.

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.

The Bible is such a gargantuan collection of conflicting values that anyone can prove anything from it.

The first principle of freedom is the right to go to hell in your own hand-basket.

The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member. The civilian does not.

The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.

The brown monkey's instinct to kill is correct; such men are dangerous to all monkey customs.

The foulest sinner of all is the hypocrite who makes a racket of religion.

The more you love, the more you can love--and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just.

The profession of shaman has many advantages. It offers high status with a safe livelihood free of work in the dreary, sweaty sense. In most societies it offers legal privileges and immunities not granted to other men. But it is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man. But it is a lovely work if you can stomach it.

The bugs are not like us. The Pseudo-Arachnids aren?t even like spiders. They are arthropods who happen to look like a madman?s conception of a giant intelligent spider, but their organization, psychological and economic, is more like that of ants or termites; they are communal entities, the ultimate dictatorship of the hive.

The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.

The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win.

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First Name
Robert A.
Last Name
Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald
Birth Date
1907
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American Novelist, Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Writer, called the "dean of science fiction writers"