Time Enough for Love excerpts

Finished Time Enough for Love a little while ago. Stuff I liked and typed up. ^^’

“Although long life can be a burden, mostly it is a blessing. It gives time enough to learn, time enough to think, time enugh not to hurry, time enough for love.” –Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long

  • Delusions are often functional. A mother’s opinion about her children’s beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
  • Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
  • $100 placed at 7 percent interest compounded quarterly for 200 years will increase to more than $100,000,000—by which time it will be worth nothing.
  • Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
  • Everybody lies about sex.
  • Sovereign ingredient for a happy marriage: Pay cash or do without. Interest charges not only eat up a household budget; awareness of debt eats up domestic fidelity.
  • Another ingredient for a happy marriage: Budget the luxuries first!
  • And still another—see to it that she has her own desk—then keep your hands off it!
  • And another—In a family argument, if it turns out you are right—apologize at once!
  • Does history record any case in which the majority was right?
  • Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money—but long on hugs.
  • Natural laws have no pity.