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One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
by Robert A. Heinlein

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

Related topics: Inspirational Life Human-Nature Psychology Wisdom Friendship Relationship Family Happiness Unity Compassion Kindness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
- 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

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

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

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

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

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

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe


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