Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

Robert Anson Heinlein, 1907 – 1988

Born: 7 July 1907, Butler, Missouri
Died: 8 May 1988, Carmel, California

One of the “Big Three” authors of science fiction (along with Asimov and Clarke), Heinlein’s stories offered vivid characters who consistently were independent in both thought and action. He used his stories to comment on politics, religion, and sexuality, and described the waterbed so clearly that when it was actually invented it was impossible to patent it. I’ve spent many delightful hours in his worlds. Here are a few quotes from the grand master.

Robert A. Heinlein quotes:

$100 invested at 7% interest for 100 years will become $100,000, at which time it will be worth absolutely nothing.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A fake fortuneteller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain – then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?
    Robert A. Heinlein

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

A zygote is a gamete’s way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Methuselah’s Children (1958)

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love (1973)

An armed society is a polite society.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Beyond This Horizon (1942)

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
    Robert A. Heinlein – Beyond This Horizon (1942)

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