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Quotations by author » Robert A. Heinlein
American science-fiction Writer, 1907-1988
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A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
CompetenceJealousySelf-confidence
A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be... more than that he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armidillo see that this lovely young girl is still alive, prisoned inside her ruined body.
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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?
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A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
MannersPoliteness
Anyone who clings to the historically untrue -- and -- thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.
HistoryViolence
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
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Beds do not matter, it is who is in a bed that counts.
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Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
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By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
BeautyHumanityNature
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.
OptimismPessimism
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
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Elephants aren't human but they are very nice people.
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Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
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Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
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For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
CivilizationPoliteness
How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.
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I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
FreedomResponsibility
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.
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I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
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