"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." -Robert A. Heinlein, spoken by Mordan Claude in "Beyond This Horizon", 1942
"The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom."
-Robert Heinlein, "Beyond This Horizon", 1942
"...I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals... I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty, subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating in their purpose."
-Robert Heinlein, in a 1949 letter concerning "Red Planet"
"The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness." -Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
"There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men." -Robert A. Heinlein, "Methuselah's Children"
"Love your country, but never trust its government." -Robert A. Heinlein
"Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is the least to be cheap and is never free of cost." -Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
"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 and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."-- Robert A. Heinlein