Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", his controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre, and on modern culture more generally.

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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.

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.

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

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word.

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.

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

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 - in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.

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

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.

They didn't want it good they wanted it Wednesday.

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

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.

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.

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.

Never insult anyone by accident.

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.

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.

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

The universe never did make sense, I suspect it was built on government contract.

To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy - and dull fantasy at that as the real world is strange and wonderful.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done.

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.

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.

For me politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

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.

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person yes.

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.

One of the sanest surest and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.