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48 Famous Quotes by Robert Heinlein
7/7/1907 - 5/8/1988
Also Known As:  
Robert Heinlein     Robert Anson Heinlein     Robert A Heinlein
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It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.

Reciprocity Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.

Teaching Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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

Future Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.

Politics / government Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

Politics / government Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

Politics / government Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

Politics / government Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

Politics / government Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.This is known as "bad luck.".

Finance and economics Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Avoid making irrevocable decisions when tired or hungry.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Man can be chained, but he cannot be domesticated.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

Society Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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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 -- in fact, they're almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil...

Jealousy Quotes, by Robert Heinlein

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