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Quotes of the Day for 7 July 2001 – Robert Anson Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein was born at Butler, Missouri on this day in 1907. One of the three great science fiction authors of our time (along with Asimov and Clarke), his great stories offered vivid characters who consistently were independent in both thought and action. I've spent a lot of hours in his worlds. Here are a few quotes from the grand master.

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The quotes:

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.

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.

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

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss.
     - as Lazarus Long

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

Self awareness is NOT just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.
     - Robert A. Heinlein, 1907 - 1988


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