Just as there are laws of Conservation of Matter and Energy, so there are in fact Laws of Conservation of Pain and Joy. Neither can ever be created or destroyed. But one can be converted into the other.— Spider Robinson
The most passioned Spider Robinson quotes you will be delighted to read
When writing, always hook the reader with your first sentence.
..in love, never settle...value yourself first and this will help you to value others...life is short, so enjoy it to the fullest...everyone in the world is different, and that's ok.
Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don't ever piss one off.
If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron.
Pain shared is pain lessened; joy shared is joy increased. Thus do we refute entropy.
You know what gives me the courage to keep on living? The courage to love myself a little? It's having a whole bunch of friends who really give a goddamn. When you share pain, there's less of it, and when you share joy, there's more of it.
We are all time travelers moving at the speed of exactly 60 minutes per hour.
It's always coldest before the warm.
The day Apollo 11 landed, I knew men would walk on Mars in my lifetime.
I'm no longer nearly so sure. The last budget put forward in Canada contained not a penny for Mars.
Man, you're no smarter than me. You're just a fancier kind of stupid.
Now that I finally have the time for it, this web surfing stuff turns out to be as interesting and fun and addictive as you've all been telling me. Zipping from link to link, chasing an idea across the noosphere, sucking up information like a killer whale - way cool.
Quite frankly, I don't like you humans.
After what you all have done, I find being 'inhuman' a compliment.
Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened.
Information can't be put in any container that isn't leaky.
I'm going to live forever, or die trying !
Librarians are like crack dealers when it comes to hooking small children.
Sometimes I think I must have a Guardian Idiot.
A little invisible spirit just behind my shoulder, looking out for me...only he's an imbecile.
Mankind is divided into two basic sorts: those who find the unknown future threatening ... and those who find it thrilling. The rupture between those two sides has been responsible for most of the bloodshed in history.
The whole world turns upside down in ten years, but you turn upside down with it.
It took me better than a quarter century to learn, the hard way, that hard work at something you want to be doing is the most fun that you can have out of bed . . . to learn that the smart man finds ways to make everything he does be work; to learn that "leisure" time is truly pleasurable (indeed tolerable) only to the extent that is its subconscious grazing for information with which to infuse newer, better work.
Never attribute to malice, that which can be reasonably explained by stupidity.
We did make use, from time to time, of candles, neckties, scarves, shoelaces, a little water-color paintbrush, her hairbrush, butter, whipped cream, strawberry jam, Johnson’s Baby Oil, my Swedish hand vibrator, a fascinating bead necklace she had, miscellaneous common household items, and every molecule of flesh that was exposed to air or could be located with strenuous search.
Dreams should be forgotten when we wake. Or one day we will find ourselves unable to sleep.
To all the Callahan's Places there ever were or ever will be, whatever they may be called — and to all the merry maniacs and happy fools who are fortunate enough to stumble into one: may none of them arrive too late!
there's nothing in the human heart or mind, no place no matter how twisted or secret, that can't be endured - if you have someone to share it with.
Art takes whatever - and as long as - it takes.
God is an iron... and that's a hot one.
Euphemisms are for the differently brained.
If you've lived a bad life, they send you to Hell.
But if you've been truly wicked, they give you a tour of Heaven first.
Sexual intercourse vests no property rights.
A beginning is the end of something, always.
To be human : to strive in the face of the certainty of failure.
And I'm a pair of pants with a hole scorched through the ass?
Some guys step on a rake in the dark, and get mad and go punch somebody.
Others step on a rake in the dark and fall down laughing at themselves. I know which kind of guy I'd rather be. So do my friends.
Me, I have a science fiction writer's conviction that the damn robot is supposed to speak human, not the other way around.
In 1971, after seven years in college, with that magic piece of paper clutched triumphantly in my fist, the best job I was able to get was night watchman on a sewer project in Babylon, N.Y. guarding a hole in the ground to prevent anyone from stealing it. God bless the American educational system!
And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939.
...I know good design when I fail to trip over it.
honesty is hard work.
The problems of today's youth were no longer a Sunday supplement, or a news broadcast, or anything so remote and intangible. They were suddenly become a dirty, shivering boy, who told us that in this world we had built for him with our sweat and our blood, he was not only tired of living, but so unscared of dying that he did it daily, sometimes for recreation.
She danced because she needed to. She needed to say things which could be said in no other way, and she needed to take her meaning and her living from the saying of them.
And there's this place called college! I mean, they want you to care, dig it, care about this education trip, and they don't care enough themselves to make it as attractive as the crap game across the street!
The delusion that one's sexual pattern is The Only Right Way To Be is probably the single most common sexual-psychosis syndrome of this era, and it is virtually almost always the victim's fault. You cannot acquire this delusion by observing reality.
Anger is always - always - fear in disguise.
Time didn't pass; it tailgated.
It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand?
You become uneasy with people in direct proportion to how many lies you have to keep track of in their presence.