Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein


Stranger in a Strange Land


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1961


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Quotes

"Kissing girls is a goodness. It beats the hell out of card games."

" I don't like to be called 'Doctor'... When they began handing out doctorates for comparative folk-dancing and advanced fly fishing, I became too stinkin' proud to use the title. I won't touch watered whiskey and I take no pride in watered-down degrees."

"Government! Three-fourths parasitic and the rest stupid fumbling- Oh, Harshaw conceded that man, a social animal, could no more avoid government than an individual could escape the necessity of bowel movements. But simply because an evil was necessary was no reason to term it good. He wished that government would wander off and get lost!"

"I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe."

"Never trust machinery more complicated than a knife and fork."

"Of all the nonsense that twists the world, the concept of 'altruism' is the worst. People do what they want to, every time. If it pains them, to make a choice- if the 'choice' looks like a 'sacrifice' -- you can be sure that it is no nobler than the discomfort caused by greediness..."

"A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore."

"I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts... because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting."

" Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence"

"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. "

"Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition."

"There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk "his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor" on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown children, can never be anything else."