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

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

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Cynical

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

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never insult anyone by accident.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous


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