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The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for---if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.
Butterflies are not insects, ' Captain John Sterling said soberly. 'They are self-propelled flowers.
His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency.
Be wary of strong drink, it can make you shoot at the tax collector...and miss.
I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest.
My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.
Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.
I had never been much interested in Pluto, too many facts and too much isolation.
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
The Mother Thing makes our world.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
More depended on the student than on the school.
Secrecy begets tyranny.
You can't believe what a lovely planet we have until you see her from outside.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
When you read about chemistry and physics, you want to do them too.
…majority rule gives the ruthless strong man plenty of elbow room to oppress his fellows.
Because the world has gone nutty and art always paints the spirit of its times
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Library science was the foundation of all sciences.
God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good—and is no sillier than any other theology.
I'm too much old-timer to be rude to a woman no matter what - they have so much of what we have none of.
A thing can be fine on paper but utterly crummy in the field.
Never try to out-stubborn a cat.
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.
If God meant for people to fly, He would have given them brains.
Never try to outstubborn a cat.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
How is a sincere criminal, trying hard, going to get ahead in his profession if his victim fails to cooperate?
Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
In Wilson's scale of evaluations breakfast rated just after life itself and ahead of the chance of immortality.
The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
The coldest depth of Hell is reserved for people who abandon kittens.
The only religious opinion I feel sure of is this: self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.
The Bible is such a gargantuan collection of conflicting values that anyone can "prove" anything from it.
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
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?
The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.
I see your point. It irks you to see anyone at all who is able to work permitted to live without working. But why do you consider work a virtue?
Harshaw had the arrogant humility of the man who has learned so much that he is aware of his own ignorance and he saw no point in 'measurements' when he did not know what he was measuring.
Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness.
Oh, you have to charge 'em, Jubal. The marks won't pay attention if it's free.
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.
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
A desire not to butt into other people's business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom.
Belief gets in the way of learning.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion — ie., none to speak of
Were you born stupid, Heinrich, or did you have to study?