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Robert Anson Heinlein Facts

Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and retired Naval officer. Sometimes called the "dean of science fiction writers". His published works, both fiction and non-fiction, express admiration for competence and emphasize the value of critical thinking. His work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, and on modern culture more generally. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the "Big Three" of English-language science fiction authors. (1907-1988)

Quotes by Robert Anson Heinlein

A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.
Robert Heinlein /Stranger in a Strange Land/

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Robert Heinlein /Beyond This Horizon/

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert Heinlein /Beyond This Horizon/

An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be.
Robert Heinlein

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
Robert Heinlein

Belief gets in the way of learning.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

Belief gets in the way of learning.
Robert Heinlein

Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily... Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible...So learn to say No—and to be rude about it when necessary.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

Does history record any case in which the majority was right?
Robert Heinlein

Don't ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun--and neither can stop the march of events.
Robert Heinlein

God fights on the side with the heaviest artillery.
Robert Heinlein /The Moon is a Harsh Mistress/

I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much . . . because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting.
Robert Heinlein /Stranger in a Strange Land/

If you don't bet you can't win.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't the whole population.
Robert Heinlein /Friday/

Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow.
Robert Heinlein

No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

Sense is never common.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
Robert Heinlein

Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong - but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.
Robert Heinlein /Double Star/

The 3-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with those three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.
Robert Heinlein /Expanded Universe/

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.
Robert Heinlein /Starship Troopers/

The commonest weakness of our race is our ability to rationalize our most selfish purposes.
Robert Heinlein /The Star Beast/

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
Robert Heinlein

Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.
Robert Heinlein /Stranger in a Strange Land/

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.”
Robert Heinlein

when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.
Robert Heinlein

When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Heinlein

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.
Robert Heinlein

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
Robert Heinlein /Time Enough for Love/

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
Robert Heinlein

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.
Robert Heinlein /Revolt in 2100/Methuselah's Children/

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