Time Enough For Love

Really enjoying Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love. Lots of great quotes (many paraphrased from others):

-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.
-$100 invested at 7% interest for 100 years will become $100,000, at which time it will be worth absolutely nothing.
-Always cut the cards. You may lose anyhow – but not as often, nor as much. And when you do lose, smile.
-Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
-After a long time it is hard to tell a real memory from a memory of a memory of a memory of a real memory. That’s what happens when you think about the past: You edit it and rearrange it, make it more tolerable.
-Give the future enough thought to be ready for it, but don’t worry about it. Live each day as if you were to die next sunrise. Then face each sunrise as a fresh creation and live for it, joyously. And never think about the past. No regrets, ever.
-Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.
-Latin is majestic, especially when you don’t understand it.
-Compound interest is murder.
-Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love.
-Privacy is as necessary as company; you can drive a man crazy by depriving him of either.
-Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you can’t win.
-Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.
-There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?
-If you don’t like yourself, you can’t like other people.
-Cheops’ Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
-Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
-Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves.
-You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
-Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry.
-An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications.
-A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals.
-Specialization is for insects.
-The more you love, the more you can love – and the more intensely you love.
-Everybody lies about sex.
-Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
-A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
-One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.
-“Of course” means you had best check it yourself.
-Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
-There is no point in worrying. But there is point in trying to anticipate what can be done about it.
-Make money, lose money – who cares? The idea is to enjoy it.
-Shakespeare and I never let grammar interfere with expressing ourselves.
-Some people are ants by nature; they have to work, even when it’s useless. Few people have a talent for constructive laziness.
-It’s much safer to break a law knowingly than to do so through ignorance.
-A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun – and neither can stop the march of events
-No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.
-Happiness is in the heart.
-To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.
-Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.
-Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful – just stupid.)
-Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
-A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.

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