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Robert Anson Heinlein

Dátum narodenia: 7. júl 1907
Dátum úmrtia: 8. máj 1988
Ďalšie mená: Robert Heinlein, Роберт Энсон Хайнлайн

Robert Anson Heinlein bol americký spisovateľ, jeden z najvýznamnejších predstaviteľov vedeckej fantastiky. Objavil nové témy, nové techniky a prístupy. Bol to prvý spisovateľ sci-fi, ktorému na konci 40. rokov vyšli pravé vedecko-fantastické príbehy vo všeobecných časopisoch, a bol autorom prvého vedecko-fantastického románového bestselleru v 60. rokoch. Hlavné témy jeho diel boli spoločenské: radikálny individualizmus, slobodná vôľa, náboženstvo, vzťah medzi fyzickou a emocionálnou láskou a špekulácie o vzťahu rodiny a neortodoxnej spoločnosti.

„Nič nie je zadarmo.“

„Láska je zdravie, žiarlivosť je choroba. Zamieňame si jedno a druhé, alebo si myslíme že čím väčšia láska, tým väčšia žiarlivosť – v skutočnosti, sú skoro nezlučiteľné. Jedna z nich skoro nenecháva priestor pre druhú.“

„Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“ Stranger in a Strange Land

„Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.“

„Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.“ Starship Troopers

„Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.“ Time Enough for Love

„Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be... and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart... no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.“

„I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.“

„A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.“

„A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws.“

„Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.“

„Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy - in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.“ Stranger in a Strange Land

„You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.“

„Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.“

„You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.“ The Green Hills of Earth

„Never try to outstubborn a cat.“ Time Enough for Love

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