Starship Troopers - Heinlein

Starship Troopers

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" The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to a group that self-interest has to individual. Nobody preached duty to these kids in a way they could understand -- that is, with a spanking. But the society they were in told them endlessly about their 'rights.' The results should have been predictable, since a human has no natural rights of any nature."

"Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?"

" Jenkins, don't you know about sergeants? They don't have mothers. Just ask any trained private. They reproduce by all bacteria."

"Math is hard work and it occupies your mind -- and it doesn't hurt to learn all you can of it, no matter what rank you are; everything of any importance is founded on mathematics."

" If anyone ever saluted a third lieutenant, the light must have been bad."

" Maybe someday they'll get everything nice and tidy and we'll have that thing we sing about, when we ain't a-gonna study war no more. Maybe. Maybe the same day the leopard will take off his spots and get a job as a Jersey cow, too. But again, I wouldn't know; I am not a professor of cosmopolitics; I'm an M.I. When the gov't sends me, I go. In between, I catch a lot of sack time."

"War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing... but controlled and purposeful violence."