From Space by James A. Michener: 💬

No punishment I give you will ever be as bad as the punishment you will give yourself if you become a known liar.

From Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: 💬

Even the sceptical mind must be prepared to accept the unacceptable when there is no alternative. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

A quote from Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love: 💬

By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man — man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him.

A timely quote from Isaac Asimov’s Prelude to Foundation: 💬

Saying something is ‘too bad’ is easy. You say you disapprove which makes you a nice person and then you can go about your own business and not be interested any more.

This quote from Harry Harrison’s Homeworld book seems like it might fit the mood of the US at present. 💬

There is only as much justice in the world as those who are in control of the world care to permit, to enable affairs to run smoothly.

For the last quote of this week’s mini challenge, here’s one from Heinlein’s famous Stranger in a Strange Land: 📚💬 #mbmay

I had thought — I had been told — that a ‘funny’ thing is a thing of goodness. It isn’t. Not ever is it funny to the person it happens to. The goodness is in the laughing. … it is a bravery — and a sharing — against pain and sorrow and defeat.

This quote from Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love seems appropriate (or something) on my birthday: 🙃📚💬 #mbmay

Delusions are often functional. A mother’s opinions about her children’s beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

An excellent but underrated Heinlein book is Citizen of the Galaxy, literally a rags to riches story. Here’s a favorite quote I live by: 📚💬 #mbmay

A wise man could not be insulted, since truth could not insult and untruth was not worthy of notice.

Douglas Adams is best known for The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but his Dirk Gently series is also pretty good. A quote from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: 📚💬 #mbmay

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry ‘I could have thought of that’ is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn’t, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.