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Robert Heinlein quotes and quotations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
Robert Heinlein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never insult anyone by accident.
Robert Heinlein

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

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

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert Heinlein

If you disturb the patient at such times, he may break into tears or become violent. and, if you shake him, he bites.
Robert Heinlein

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

Of all the strange "crimes" that human beings have legislated of nothing, "blasphemy" is the most amazing - with "obscenity" and "indecent exposure" fighting it out for the second and third place.
Robert Heinlein

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

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

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

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
Robert Heinlein

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

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful - just stupid).
Robert Heinlein

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

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

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