portrait of Robert A. Heinlein
Worldcon/Midmericon at Kansas City, Missouri (1976)

All archives
Previous Issue (6 July 2004) | Current month | Next Issue (8 July 2004)

Quotes of the Day for 7 July 2004 – Robert A. 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 stories offered vivid characters who consistently were independent in both thought and action. I've spent many delightful hours in his worlds. Here are a few quotes from the grand master.

Van's signature

You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

$100 invested at 7% interest for 100 years will become $100,000, at which time it will be worth absolutely nothing.
     - The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.
     - The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

The hardest part about gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. As long as that niche is occupied, evidence and proof and logical demonstration get nowhere. But once the niche is emptied of the wrong idea that has been filling it - once you can honestly say, "I don't know," then it becomes possible to get at the truth.

Humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn - when they do, which isn't often - on their own, the hard way.
     - Time Enough for Love

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
     - Time Enough for Love

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
     - All from Robert Anson Heinlein, 1907 - 1988

Do you see an error on this page? A typo, a character that is messed up, a misattribution? Please let us know!