Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these two concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.

When a place gets crowded enough to require ID’s, social collapse is not far away.

Only a sadistic scoundrel – or a fool – tells the bald truth on social occasions.

Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as “empty,” – “meaningless,” or “dishonest,” and scorn to use them. No matter how “pure” their motives, they thereby throw sand […]

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

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

Given time and plenty of paper, a philosopher can prove anything.

Get a shot off fast, this upsets him long enough to make your second shot perfect.

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

If you don’t like yourself, you can’t like other people.