Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some quotes from Heinlein's Lazarus Long (and one from de la Paz)

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, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love
 
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
--Professor Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Rights is a fictional abstraction. No one has rights; neither machines nor flesh-and-blood. Persons -- both sorts -- have opportunities, not rights, which they use, or do not use.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, and without self-delusion -- in the long run these are the only people who count.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Tell the truth - but not all of it.
Tell the exact truth and maybe all of it, but so unconvincingly that the person you're talking to is sure that you are lying.
--Lazarus Long

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

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