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Ability
Engrave this Quote A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, from Time Enough for Love: Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Atheism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Robert A. Heinlein
Belief
Engrave this Quote Belief gets in the way of learning.
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-Robert A. Heinlein
Cats
Engrave this Quote Never try to outstubborn a cat.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love (The Notebooks of Lazarus Long)
Censorship
Engrave this Quote The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, on censorship
Chance
Engrave this Quote To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.
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-Robert A. Heinlein
Experience
Engrave this Quote Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way.
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Faith
Engrave this Quote I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land
Gratitude
Engrave this Quote Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987)
Gun Control
Engrave this Quote An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon
Happiness
Engrave this Quote Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible result. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. No two are alike and there is no reason to expect them to be. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. Or geeking in a sideshow. Or even politics.
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History
Engrave this Quote A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
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Learning
Engrave this Quote Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself.
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Love
Engrave this Quote Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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Money
Engrave this Quote There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
A Libertarian Movement slogan
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-Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, 1966
Oppression
Engrave this Quote 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. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, - not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, Revolt in 2100
People
Engrave this Quote No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.
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Professionalism
Engrave this Quote Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote 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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-Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1972
Selfishness
Engrave this Quote The greatest productive force is human selfishness.
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Sin
Engrave this Quote A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain
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Technology
Engrave this Quote Most people who sneer at technology would starve to death if the engineering infrastructure were removed.
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-Robert A. Heinlein, Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984)
Thought
Engrave this Quote Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion
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-Robert A. Heinlein

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