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

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Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
- Robert A. Heinlein

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

 

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Robert A. Heinlein

It is a truism that almost any sect,
cult,
or religion will legislate its creed into law if it
acquires the political power to do so.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One could write a history of science in reverse by
assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority
about what could not be done and could never happen.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was
built on government contract.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.
"Supernatural" is a null word.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Never insult anyone by accident.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers,
as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
- Robert A. Heinlein

They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will
legislate its creed into law
if it acquires the political power.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does
what it's supposed to do.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects
is that science requires reasoning while those other
subjects merely require scholarship.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Everything is theoretically impossible,
until it is done.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
- Robert A. Heinlein

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Don't ever become a pessimist...
a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist,
but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent.
A person, yes.
- Robert A. Heinlein

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

You can have peace.
Or you can have freedom.
Don't ever count on having both at once.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who can worship a trinity
and insist that his religion is a monotheism
can believe anything.
- Robert A Heinlein

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your
beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Love is that 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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Political tags - such as royalist, communist,
democrat, populist, fascist, liberal,
conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria.
The human race divides politically into those who want
people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
- Robert A. Heinlein

When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's,
social collapse is not far away.
It is time to go elsewhere.
The best thing about space travel is that it made it
possible to go elsewhere.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
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.
- Robert A. Heinlein

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured.
the only solution known to science is to provide the
patient with an isolation room,
where he can endure the acute stages in private and
where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I'm a huge Obama fan.
I think it's such an unbelievably great thing to have
a President who's competent and not insane.
- Randy Cohen

Physiological psychology, on the other hand,
is competent to investigate the relations that hold
between the processes of the physical and those of the mental life.
- Wilhelm Wundt

If this work seems so threatening, this is because
it isn't simply eccentric or strange,
but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.
- Jacques Derrida

If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble,
competent people on a level with dentists,
that would be splendid.
- John Maynard Keynes

In his 4 years in the White House, President Carter
worked to make the Federal Government more competent
and compassionate and more responsive to the American people.
- Nathan Deal

If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas,
ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones,
where these 2 people do all the things,
there is no freedom.
- Bill Wyman

Housework is the only activity at which men are allowed
to be consistently inept because they are thought to
be so competent at everything else.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

We look in...
Germany for a superstar.
We began with 10,000 people, which applied.
From these 10,000, 100 was selected.
The jury is unbelievably competent.
- Michelle Hunziker

All the world is competent to judge my pictures except
those who are of my profession.
- William Hogarth

I would rather have a competent extremist than an incompetent moderate.
- Leon Jaworski

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't
relate by talking to a group of friendly students,
he'll never be a competent teacher.
- William Glasser

When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights,
and if you have a competent attorney,
your rights will be protected.
- Tommy Shaw

But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was,
how competent they were in setting up their polling
places and the poll workers they had.
- Joe Biden

I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual,
and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy.
It's her choice.
- Jack Kevorkian

There's Eddie's conviction and his lyrics and his ideals,
and he can just rock straight out.
His vocals are incredible.
And we all are really competent musicians.
- Mike McCready

Any competent actor could have done what I did.
- Larry Hovis

We may seem competent, but by the end of next century
there will be new deserts,
new ruins.
- Edward Bond

Why do otherwise sane, competent, strong men,
men who can wrestle bears or raid corporations,
shrink away in horror at the thought of washing a dish or changing a diaper?
- Frank Pittman

Playing acoustic and line drawings are the two things I'm most competent at.
- Robyn Hitchcock

I am, as I've said, merely competent.
But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.
- Benazir Bhutto

Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice,
and it is a joy to have her on the court,
but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a
second woman on the court.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull.
He therefore approaches his task with full humility,
and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
- Edsger Dijkstra

It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant
future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
- Arthur Eddington

I consider myself to be an inept pianist,
a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter.
What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

Christine and I haven't raised our children.
A whole community of selfless Christians has contributed
to helping them become faithful,
competent adults.
- Clayton Christensen

Because of the nature of Moore's law,
anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer
can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent
programmer some number of years later.
- John Carmack

There is a curious relationship between a candidate
and the reporters who cover him.
It can be affected by small things like a competent press staff,
enough seats, sandwiches and briefings and the ability to understand deadlines.
- Ronald Steel


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