Heinlein Quotes


Pic of the day:  Apollo 15; Southern seas, Lyot and Humboldt craters

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Today is only going to be a few favorite quotes of mine from a favorite book from years gone by.  The book is Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.  Most of the books I read now are of the Ronald Dworkin constitutional study/ Gore Vidal fight the bastards variety.  But I have almost my entire collection of 50’s and 60’s Sci-Fi books.  All the Asimov stuff, the foundation series, the empire series.  Heinlein’s future history as well as his time travel books, along with maybe one or two of the juvenile novels.  The original 6 Elric of Melnibone books.  My Tolkein collection.

I read them only on rare occasion nowadays.  I am getting the hankering to start up one of them.  They are all old friends who I like to re-acquaint myself with every now and again, and it’s been too long.

Enjoy the quotes.  Back to politics tomorrow, methinks.

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I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. 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.

Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. Nor is this a source of dismay; a lost cause can be as spiritually satisfying as a victory.

That we were slaves I had known all my life — and nothing could be done about it. True, we weren’t bought and sold — but as long as Authority held monopoly over what we had to have and what we could sell to buy it, we were slaves.

Do this. Don’t do that. Stay back in line. Where’s tax receipt? Fill out form. Let’s see license. Submit six copies. Exit only. No left turn. No right turn. Queue up and pay fine. Take back and get stamped. Drop dead — but first get permit.

What I fear most are affirmative actions of sober and well-intentioned men, granting to government powers to do something that appears to need doing.

At one time kings were anointed by Deity, so the problem was to see to it that Deity chose the right candidate. In this age the myth is “the will of the people” … but the problem changes only superficially.

Seems to be a deep instinct in human beings for making everything compulsory that isn’t forbidden.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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