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Wisdom From Robert Heinlein

Some more quotes from Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

  1. “The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.”
  2. “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.” 
  3. “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”
  4. “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
  5. “Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.” 
  6. “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.” 
  7. “Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.” 
  8. “Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.” 
  9. “A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!”
  10. “Girls are simply wonderful. Just to stand on a corner and watch them going past is delightful. They don’t walk. At least not what we do when we walk. I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s much more complex and utterly delightful. They don’t move just their feet; everything moves and in different directions . . . and all of it graceful.” 



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One Comment

  1. Beautifully written!

    1. Michelle on August 17th, 2012 at