Der er nok ikke mange der læser Heinlein’s bøger nu til dags, da hans stil godt kan være både lidt pompøs og gammeldags. Men igen og igen falder jeg over citater fra hans bøger der er gyldige for vores nuværende samfund at de bare må nævnes; jeg ved godt at det ikke var ham der fandt på “there’s no such thing as free lunch”, men det er fra Heinlein at jeg kender udtrykket.
Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.
Assignment in Eternity (1953)
There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.
You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.
Logic of Empire (1941)
(Heinlein er den ældst kendte gengivelse af dette udtryk, men som sådan noget sker så er meningen i dag kendt som Hanlon’s Razor.)
How anybody expects a man to stay in business with every two-bit wowser in the country claiming a veto over what we can say and can’t say and what we can show and what we can’t show — it’s enough to make you throw up. The whole principle is wrong; it’s like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can’t eat steak.
The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)
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.
Time Enough for Love (1973)