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Robert Heinlein

US science fiction author (1907 - 1988)

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By the data to date, there i sonly one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him.

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Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

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That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed.

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A motion to adjourn is always in order.

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People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt.

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In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

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

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History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.

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

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Anyone who clings to the historically untrue - and thoroughly immoral - doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and there freedoms.

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A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

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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.

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Specialization is for insects.

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Love is the 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.

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A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.

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

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