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Issue of October 22, 2014

A hope note
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A hope note
Dr. Wayne Willis reflects on life and hope.

Life thoughts

January 29, 2014 | 10:03 AM

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn (control) 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 Heinlein

Heinlein is considered one of the top three science-fiction writers of the 20th century, alongside Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clark. I'm not a science-fiction fan, admittedly a deficiency of mine, but I've come to value many of Heinlein's commentaries on life. See if there's a Ben Franklinish piece of wisdom here for you.

"You have to trust people. Otherwise you are a hermit in a cave, sleeping with one eye open."

"Between being right and being kind, I know which way I vote."

"When you're rich, you don't have friends; you just have endless acquaintances."

"A motion to adjourn is always in order."

"All men are created unequal."

"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy."

"A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill."

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."

"Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. He is also a fool."

"A man who marries at my age isn't taking a wife; he's indenturing a nurse."

"Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money but long on hugs."

Dr. Wayne Willis


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