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

"Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong--but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong."--Robert Heinlein, Double Star (1956)

"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen."--Robert Heinlein, The Rolling Stones (1952)

"Horses can manufacture more horses and that is one trick that tractors have never learned."--Robert Heinlein, Farmer in the Sky (1950)

"For three hundred years the race had glazed windows. Then they shut themselves up in little air-conditioned boxes and stared at silly television pictures instead. One might as well be on Luna."--Robert Heinlein, Farmer in the Sky (1950)

Origin of "Pay it Forward":
Don took it and said, "Uh, thanks! That?s awfully kind of you. I?ll pay it back, first chance."
"Instead, pay it forward to some other brother who needs it."--Robert Heinlein, Between Planets (1951) Chapter 7 (p.83)

"My mother said violence never solves anything." "So?" Mr. Dubois looked at her bleakly. "I'm sure the city fathers of Carthage would be glad to know that."--Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue --and --thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms."--Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

"Women will forgive anything.  Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago."--Robert Heinlein.

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

"Being right too soon is socially unacceptable."--Robert Heinlein

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

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."--Robert A. Heinlein

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

This I Believe (1952). Written for the Edward R. Murrow radio show, This I Believe (1952) - full transcript and audio online
I am not going to talk about religious beliefs, but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them.

I believe in my neighbors.
I know their faults and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults. Take Father Michael down our road a piece--I'm not of his creed, but I know the goodness and charity and lovingkindness that shine in his daily actions. I believe in Father Mike; if I'm in trouble, I'll go to him. My next-door neighbor is a veterinary doctor. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat. No fee--no prospect of a fee. I believe in Doc.

Decency is not news; it is buried in the obituaries--but it is a force stronger than crime.
I believe in the patient gallantry of nurses...in the tedious sacrifices of teachers. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land.

I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones.

I believe that almost all politicians are honest. For every bribed alderman there are hundreds of politicians, low paid or not paid at all, doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work. If this were not true, we would never have gotten past the thirteen colonies.

I believe in--I am proud to belong to--the United States. Despite shortcomings, from lynchings to bad faith in high places, our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history.

And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown--in the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability ? and goodness ? .of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth, that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth--but that we will always make it ? survive ? endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure--will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage--and his noble essential decency.
This I believe with all my heart.
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