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Friday, October 27, 2006

Wisdom from Heinlein

I do really enjoy Robert Heinlein. In searching for a quote/tagline/inspiration for our holiday card this year, I stumbled on a page of his quotes. Favorites include:
Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

"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.

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.

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

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.


  • Yeah, I'm a Heinlein nut too. I have to replace my copies of 'Friday' and 'Time Enough For Love' soon. Again. They get worn out from all the eye prints on them.

    By Blogger Flonkbob, at 8:51 PM  

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