Quotes from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert Heinlein
Private where private belongs, public where it's needed, and an admission that circumstances alter cases. Nothing doctrinaire.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
- p 84
Our first purpose was not to be noticed.
We were prosperous because we never bought anything farm could produce.
- p 122
One might define adulthood as the age at which a person learns that he must die ... and accepts his sentence undismayed.
- p 147
Where do you start explaining when a man's words show there isn't anything he understands about subject, instead is loaded with preconceptions that don't fit facts and doesn't even know he has?
... men without women don't care whether they stay alive or not.
... government is a dangerous servant and a terrible master ... distrust the obvious, suspect the traditional ... whatever you do, do not let the past be a straitjacket!
Line marriage is the strongest possible device for conserving capital and insuring the welfare of children--the two basic societal functions for marriage anywhere--in an environment in which there is no security, neither for capital nor for children, other than that devised by individuals.
- p 261
When faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.
- p 290
Sometimes I think that government is an inescapable disease of human beings. But it may be possible to keep it small and starved and inoffensive ...
- p 303
If possible, leave room for your enemy to become your friend. -
- p 334
[note: page numbers from the Orb Edition, Tom Doherty Associates]
Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 71