Time Enough for Love - Heinlein

Time Enough for Love

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

"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

"...the ways of God and govornment an girls are al mysterious, and it is not given to mortal men to understand them."

"In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong."

"Never try to outstubborn a cat."

"...supreme happiness lies in wanting to keep another person safe and warm and happy and being privileged to try."

"Progress doesn't come from early risers progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."

"A "critic" is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased he hates all creative people equally."

"A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate."

"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."

"A motion to adjourn is always in order."

"A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits."

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

"A zygote is a gamete's way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe."

"You live and learn. Or you don't live long."

"Get a shot off fast. This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect."

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."

"Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor."

"Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil."

"Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth."

"Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something.
Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again, too. Who decides?"

"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy."

"Does history record any case in which the majority was right?"

"Early rising may not be a vice ... but it is certainly no virtue. The old saw about the early bird just goes to show that the worm should have stayed in bed."

"Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child."

"God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills."

"History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion i.e., none to speak of."

"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."

"If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait."

"It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier."

"Masturbation is cheap, clean, convenient, and free of any possibility of wrongdoing and you don't have to go home in the cold. But it's lonely."

"Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage."

"Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well."

"Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."

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

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."

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

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