5 from robert a. heinlein

The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh.

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.

History is never surprising – after it happens.

Some people insist that ‘mediocre’ is better than ‘best.’ They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly. They despise brains because they have none.


  1. Wise words. When I was in my early teens (back in the Dark Ages), I was an avid reader of SF – Heinlein, Aldiss, Pohl, Bradbury, Clarke, to name but a few. SF tended to be looked down on as cheap, pulp-type fiction, like Westerns and Romances, not serious reading, let alone literature. Imagine my delight when doing an important examination in English literature, I saw the essay question, “Choose a genre of writing you think is under-rated, say why and, giving examples, explain why you think that genre is a valid form of literature.” I did pretty well in that exam.


    • As a teen, I, too, read a lot of “sci-fi” (as we called it then). Not sure why I stopped. It is definitely a valid form of literature! There were and probably still are some wise authors in that genre. I’ve featured a few of them in this series already, will undoubtedly add more.


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