Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/; July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Heinlein became one of the first science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors. A notable writer of science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. at his Astounding Science Fiction magazine—though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree. Within the framework of his science-fiction stories... More

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Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

Robert A. Heinlein #Freedom #Peace

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

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 #Good #Life

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
Robert A. Heinlein #Good

They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
Robert A. Heinlein #Good

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
Robert A. Heinlein #Government

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.
Robert A. Heinlein #Government

The universe never did make sense I suspect it was built on government contract.
Robert A. Heinlein #History #Science

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.
Robert A. Heinlein #Jealousy

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
Robert A. Heinlein #Learning

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Robert A. Heinlein #Love

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
Robert A. Heinlein #Love

May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein #Men #Pet #Women

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Robert A. Heinlein #Power

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein #Power #Religion

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.
Robert A. Heinlein #Science

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Robert A. Heinlein #Society

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Robert A. Heinlein #Best #Time #Travel

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.
Robert A. Heinlein #Food #Science

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
Robert A. Heinlein #Happiness #Jealousy #Love

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.
Robert A. Heinlein #Alone #Freedom

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.