Excerpts From The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.

What a wonderful world it is that has girls in it!

Of all the strange "crimes" that human beings have legislated out of nothing, "blasphemy" is the most amazing -- with "obscenity" and "indecent exposure" fighting it out for second and third place.

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

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.

Excerpted from Time Enough For Love, © 1973 Robert A. Heinlein