Famous Quotes By Robert A. Heinlein


  1. A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
  2. A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
  3. An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
  4. By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
  5. I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
  6. It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
  7. May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
  8. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
  9. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
  10. One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
  11. Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
  12. The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
  13. The universe never did make sense I suspect it was built on government contract.
  14. They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
  18. You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

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