Robert Anson Heinlein (1907 – 1988) Some of his best quotes

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

I do not think anyone can define behavior that tends toward extinction as being ‘moral’ without stretching the word ‘moral’ all out of shape.”

At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that ‘news’ is not something that happens to other people.”

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.”

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

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.”

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

The lessons of history teach us – if the lessons of history teach us anything – that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.”

Love your country, but never trust its government.”

…secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy…censorship. 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.”