Robert Heinlein

1907 - 1988

A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on democracy, autocracy, representative, judgment, and fairness

Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something. Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again too. Who decides?

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long," Time Enough for Love

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on censorship, tyranny, oppression, propaganda, freedom, and conquest

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. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: "If This Goes On—", Revolt in 2100

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on facts, wishful thinking, wishes, revelation, opinion, history, information, and truth

What are the facts? Again and again and again—what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history"; what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Time Enough for Love, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on god, religion, omnipotent, omniscient, belief, and superstition

God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent — it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Time Enough for Love, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on religion, superstition, morals, and god

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Time Enough for Love, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on women, cats, men, and dogs

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein

Blessed is he who knows himself and commands himself, for the world is his and love and happiness and peace walk with him wherever he goes.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Stranger in a Strange Land

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on stranger, inspire, choice, possibility, personal challange, strange land, and robert heinlein

There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk "his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor" on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown children, can never be anything else.

Jill Boardman encountered her personal challenge —  and accepted it — at 3:47 that afternoon. (UC)

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Book: Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a strange land

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein

Never attempt to teach a pig to sing.  It is a waste of time and annoys the pig.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Lazarus Long in "Time Enough for Love"

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on time

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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of your time and annoys the pig.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

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