Heinlein on humans

"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."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

Who is it that follows his impulses?

"Who is it that follows his impulses? The weakling: he lacks the power to inhibit; he is not strong enough to say no; he is a discord, a decadent. To discipline one's self--that is the highest thing."

-- Nietzsche

The mass of men...

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Economy in Walden, 1854

Life is so unlike theory.

"Life is so unlike theory."

-- Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, 1869

Life can only be understood backwards...

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

-- Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life, 1843
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