A quote that springs to mind today, from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams: 💬
Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself.
Been a while since I posted a quote. Here’s a very true one from Heinlein’s very quotable Time Enough for Love. 💬
The phrase ‘we (I) (you) simply must —’ designates something that need not be done. ‘That goes without saying’ is a red warning. ‘Of course’ means you had better check it yourself. These small-change cliches and others like them, when read correctly, are reliable channel markers.
A quote from Foundation by Isaac Asimov: 💬
A fire-eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.
I just spent half an hour renaming the “master” branches to “main” in my many GitHub repos, which made me think of this tangentially-related Heinlein quote from Time Enough for Love: 💬
In a mature society, ‘civil servant’ is semantically equal to ‘civil master.’
We didn’t sleep well last night, so this advice from Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love seems appropriate: 💬
Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry. N.B.: Circumstances can force your hand. So think ahead!
From Robert A. Heinlein’s Expanded Universe: 💬
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
The Micro.blog challenge word for day 3 is “astonish“. It’s Election Day in the US, so if you haven’t already voted, do so today! Let’s astonish the world with the voter turnout. (Photo of Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love.) 📷💬🇺🇸🗳 #mbnov
I have two quotes about voting in my collection, both from Robert A. Heinlein, unsurprisingly. The first is my favorite; here is the second, from To Sail Beyond the Sunset: 💬
A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens … which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens.
If you’re in the US, vote. Make good choices, people.
Timely quote from Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love: 💬
If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for … but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.
If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.
I was just reminded of this Heinlein quote from Time Enough for Love: 💬
The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: ‘Of course it is none of my business but —’ is to place a period after the word ‘but.’ Don’t use excessive force in supplying such moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.