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An armed society is a polite society.
by Robert A. Heinlein

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

Related topics: Society

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

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

 

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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Almost any sect, cult, or religion will
legislate its creed into law
if it acquires the political power.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who can worship a trinity
and insist that his religion is a monotheism
can believe anything.
- Robert A Heinlein

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.
"Supernatural" is a null word.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

Everything is theoretically impossible,
until it is done.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Never insult anyone by accident.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

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

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

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

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was
built on government contract.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

I've always believed that if done properly,
armed robbery doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience.
- the movie Thelma & Louise

Inflation is as violent as a mugger,
as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
- Ronald Reagan

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

As the Pentagon makes plans for the largest troop rotation since World War II,
I will work with the Armed Services Committee to help
make this proposal a reality.
- Mike Rogers

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -
unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments
are afraid to trust the people with arms.
- James Madison

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted;
and pure love without power is destroyed.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks
from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed
themselves against the rising proletariat with,
among other things, 'culture.'
- George Grosz

Lightly armed nations can move toward war just as easily
as those which are armed to the teeth,
and they will do so if the usual causes of war are not removed.
- Ludwig Quidde

Let us also reflect on the honorable service of our
men and women of the U.S.
Armed Forces currently serving our country overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan,
and around the world.
- John Linder

In response to the challenge of strangers,
sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's
armed might as well as its pride of place and clan.
- John Thorn

Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque,
armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
- Anatole Broyard

He is armed without who is innocent within,
be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
- Horace

An ignorant person with a bad character is like an unarmed robber,
but a learned person with a blog is a robber fully armed.
- Mickey Kaus

Our men and women in our armed forces are the real heroes in this conflict.
- Wayne Allard

I'm armed with more than complete steel,
- The justice of my quarrel.
- Christopher Marlowe

We prefer that the leaders of the Iraqi armed forces do the honorable thing;
stop fighting for a regime that does not deserve your loyalty.
- Peter Pace

An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man.
Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is an attempt of one group to impose its will upon
another group by armed violence.
- Scott Nearing

Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed,
beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power.
- Jean Paul

We have to acknowledge peace is in danger and mankind
still has not realised the priority to be given to
world dialogue versus armed contradiction and bloodshed.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev

Conservatives truly love America and support the armed forces,
while liberals are unpatriotic draft dodgers.
- Joe Conason

This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these
African states could begin to attack South Africa.
- Helen Suzman

Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than
owning a guitar makes you a musician.
- Jeff Cooper

Were British protesters, armed with little more than
a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers,
really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire?
- Mark Thomas

In the Armed Services Committee, we endeavored to put
forth proposals that would help alleviate some of that stress,
both for the troops and for their families.
- John M. McHugh

The bottom line is that after we defeat the armed forces of Iraq,
that we will want to and need to provide stability throughout that country.
- Peter Pace

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps,
down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
- Ayn Rand


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