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1907 - 1988, American science fiction writer, author of "Stranger in a Strange Land"

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

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
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Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
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Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
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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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Once a month, some women act like men act all the time.
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In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia
until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
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The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
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Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty
is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that
debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it
may be, but the reward is self-respect.
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Television leaves no external scars.
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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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A desire not to butt into other people's business is at least eighty percent of all human 
wisdom.
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Boats and ships are female because they are beautiful, lovable, expensive - and
unpredictable.
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You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish.
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Never try to outstubborn a cat.
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A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about
astrology.
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The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God
of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His
creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this
flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the
expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
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Yield to temptation... it may not pass your way again.
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I came, I saw, she conquered. The original Latin seems to have been garbled.
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A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for
others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a
riot.
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Belief gets in the way of learning.
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Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.
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May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
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Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.
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Once you can honestly say, "I don't know," then it becomes possible to get at the truth.
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The best things in history are accomplished by people who get "tired of being shoved
around."
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Sex, whatever else it is, is an athletic skill. The more you practice, the more you can, the
more you want to, the more you enjoy it, the less it tires you.
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Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
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Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.
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When one teaches, two learn.
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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 - in fact, they are
almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
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Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
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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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Be wary of strong drink, it can make you shoot at the tax collector - and miss.
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