Robert A. Heinlein (July 07, 1907 - May 08, 1988)
Born: 7th July, 1907
Died: 8th May, 1988
Nationality: American author
Region: Missouri, Carmel, California
Notable works: "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Life-Line"

Robert A. Heinlein Facts

Biography

Robert A. Heinlein, in full Robert Anson Heinlein, (born July 7, 1907, Butler, Missouri, U.S.--died May 8, 1988, Carmel, California), prolific American writer considered to be one of the most literary and sophisticated of science-fiction writers. He did much to develop the genre.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929 and serving in the navy for five years, Heinlein pursued graduate studies in physics and mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Except for engineering service with the navy during World War II, he was an established professional writer from 1939.

His first story, "Life-Line," was published in the action-adventure pulp magazine Astounding Science Fiction. He continued to write for that publication--along with other notable science-fiction writers--until 1942, when he began war work as an engineer. Heinlein returned to writing in 1947, with an eye toward a more sophisticated audience. His first book, Rocket Ship Galileo (1947), was followed by a large number of novels and story collections, including works for children and young adults. After the 1940s he largely avoided shorter fiction. His popularity grew over the years, probably reaching its peak after the publication of his best-known work, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). His broad interests and concern for characterization as well as technology brought him a considerable number of admirers among general-interest readers. Among his more popular books are The Green Hills of Earth (1951), Double Star (1956), The Door into Summer (1957), Citizen of the Galaxy (1957), and Methuselah's Children (1958).

Top 41 Robert A. Heinlein quotes

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.
Collectors
Drink
Make
Miss
Shoot
Strong
Tax
Wary
You
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. 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.
Alone
Am
Because
Break
Everything
Find
Free
I am
Know
Matter
Me
Morally
Obnoxious
Responsible
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Basic
Communist
Conservative
Controlled
Criteria
Democrat
Desire
Divides
Fascist
Forth
Human
Human race
Liberal
Never
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Downhill
Gets
Goes
Rid
Society
Troublemakers
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
Another
Belly
Laugh
Man
Theology
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Acts
Armed
Back
Good
His
Life
Manners
May
Polite
Society
Up
Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
Any
Anything
Black
Cat
Cellar
Dark
Help
Midnight
Never
Persuade
Searching
Themselves
Theologians
Theology
I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.
Article
Clothing
How
Indecent
Person
See
Yes
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Children
Easy
Handicap
Lives
Making
Your
Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
Exercise
Healthy
Love
Love is
Merely
Sex
Without
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Agreed
Learned
Man
Me
Never
Who
They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
Good
Want
Wanted
Wednesday
There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
Acute
Civilized
Cured
Endure
Even
Food
He
Him
Isolation
Known
Only
Patient
Private
Provide
It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
Beliefs
Discuss
Gossip
Indulgence
Juicy
Piece
Room
Sit
Were
Your
By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
Beautiful
Belong
Cultivate
Cultivating
Doing
Doing good
Flowers
Good
Heavenly
Humanity
Scatter
Seeds
Those
One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
Being
Being happy
Fortune
Generous
Good
Good fortune
Happy
Joys
Life
Most
Others
Over
Surest
No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
Authority
Because
Believed
Made
Should
Statement
Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
Done
Everything
Impossible
Theoretically
Until
The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
Alive
Anyone
Gets
Hardly
Irony
Life
Out
Supreme
Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
Become
Correct
Events
Ever
Fun
March
More
Neither
Optimist
Pessimist
Stop
Than
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
Anything
Competent
Incapable
Insecurity
Invariably
Jealousy
Neurotic
Person
Symptom
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Live
Long
Love
May
Wish
You
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
Any
Church
End
End result
Forbidden
Government
Holy
How
Know
Matter
May
Motives
Must
Oppression
For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
Civilization
Me
Politeness
Sine
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Afterwards
Ashamed
Hands
Necessarily
Private
Something
Wash
Writing
Your
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
Anyone
Cat
Considers
Dealt
Never
Protocol
Unimportant
Who
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.
Another
Assumes
Condition
Disease
Essential
Greater
Happiness
Healthy
Immature
Jealousy
Love
Love is
Mind
Mistakes
Never insult anyone by accident.
Accident
Anyone
Insult
Never
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Human
Never
Never underestimate
Power
Stupidity
Underestimate
Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.
About
Does
Long
Machinery
Never
Supposed
Theory
Worry
To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy - and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
About
Blunder
Dull
Fantasy
Real
Real world
Strange
The real world
Wonderful
World
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.
About
Away
Best
Collapse
Crowded
Elsewhere
Enough
Far
Far away
Gets
Go
Id
Made
Place
Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
Again
May
Pass
Temptation
Way
Yield
Your
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
Both
Count
Ever
Freedom
Having
Once
Peace
You
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Between
Difference
Fuzzy
Merely
Other
Reasoning
Require
Requires
Scholarship
Science
Subjects
Those
While
One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word.
Another
Engineering
Magic
Man
Supernatural
Word
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.
About
Authority
Could
Done
Happen
Highest
History
Never
Reverse
Science
Solemn
Write
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
Almost
Any
Creed
Cult
Law
Legislate
Political
Political power
Power
Religion
Will
Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
Being
Right
Socially
Soon
Too
Unacceptable
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Cats
Dogs
Get
Idea
Men
Please
Relax
Should
Used
Will
Women
The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.
Built
Contract
Did
Government
Make
Never
Sense
Suspect
Universe

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