Gut Rumbles

June 27, 2005

Words of wisdom

Robert A. Heinlein remains one of my all-time favorite writers. He was both a story-teller and a philosopher.

You need to go read this. In fact, you might want to copy it and keep it somewhere close to hand.

(Stolen from the tall dog.)


Damn Rob. It's been a good many years since I read Heinlein. I loved "Mathusellas (how the hell do you spell that anyway?) Children". In this book, the one qoute that always warmed and tickled me was "rub her feet." That is wisdom that I have taken to heart more than once. Believe me, that act, performed on a woman WITH SKILL and care, can get a man out of a raft of shit!

Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 01:12 AM

Also, everytime I read about Lazarus Long I would picture John Houston playing him in the movie that would run through my head. Crusty old bastard.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 01:20 AM

You might enjoy this collection from "Time Enough for Love". There used to be a better formatted version a few years ago but it's gone 404.

I've been puny for the last month or so and decided to go through my old Heinlein collection. Got a surprise when I re-read "Starship Troopers". It's written for teens (both flavors), not a lot of action but a heck of a lot of social issues on honor and duty. Damn good read even if it is copyrighted 1959. The moonbats would have all gone insane if the movie (I didn't see it) followed the book.

Posted by: Michael Bauer on June 27, 2005 02:24 AM

Thanks Michael.
"An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications."

......I like him as much if not more than Sam Clemson.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 02:54 AM

Oh Jesus, another favorite. I have looked CLOSE myself many times, and I surely agree:.:.:__ "Have you noticed how much they look like orchids? Lovely!"

I urge All of you who are not familer with the notebooks of Lazarus Long, go up and follow Michaels link to the page.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 03:27 AM

Sublime words indeed! I'm sorry to say that I have never read anything by Heinlein before, but I'm going to google right now!
Thanks for that post :)

Posted by: MMCFTBSOH on June 27, 2005 05:32 AM

One would do well to heed Heinlein's advise most of the time-if not all of the time. However, until there is a local starship out of here I will just have to put up with nitwits running the goverenment unless they decide to legislate open season on themselves.

Posted by: GUYK on June 27, 2005 08:14 AM

My favourite - and the only Heinlein quote I can remember off the top of my head - "Honest work - that is to say hard, dirty, inefficient and ill-paid".

Posted by: squawkbox on June 27, 2005 09:12 AM

Heinlein is one of my favorite authors. I live by the following quote.

"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor."
--Robert Heinlein

If you haven't read Heinlein, you have missed out.

Posted by: assrot on June 27, 2005 10:45 AM

Start with Job, a divine comedy. I loved that book, can't really pick a favorite. I haven't read one that I didn't like.

Posted by: bbuddha on June 27, 2005 11:22 AM


Posted by: Nick Wright on June 27, 2005 11:35 AM

Bbuddha - Thanks :) I'm off to the library asap!

Aman, wanna recommend some more stuff?

Posted by: MMCFTBSOH on June 27, 2005 11:40 AM

To Misty, Job is good, but I would recomend "Time Enough for Love" as a good place to start. Heinline is just a randy old goat and he shows it best here.

Posted by: Ed on June 27, 2005 02:28 PM

What? No quotes from Starship Troopers? What bullshit! "Violence never solves anything.... what would the city fathers of Carthage say about that?"

Heinlein was fucking brilliant.

Posted by: Shane on June 27, 2005 07:01 PM

I read Time Enough For Love and Stranger In A Strange Land at least once a year ... I do love Heinlein. Both Jubal Harshaw and Lazarus Long were great philosophers.

Posted by: Trish on June 27, 2005 08:00 PM

Great stuff all. Citizen of the Galaxy, Double Star, Farnham's Freehold, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. here's a listing.

Go here and learn more.

Posted by: StinKerr on June 28, 2005 02:04 AM

Oh, and I love his wimmen. I just wish that I had known he was a close friend of Sally Rand when I met her in Galveston many years ago. Apparently they went to school together. A real lady who was not to be trifled with.

Posted by: StinKerr on June 28, 2005 02:10 AM

Don't miss GLORY ROAD.

Posted by: Brett on June 28, 2005 03:16 PM
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