Sunday, October 30, 2011



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

6 comments:

TheWanderer said...

Possibly one of the best things I've ever read, thank you.

Keith said...

Sadly, I can only take credit in appreciating and sharing it. When I first read this quote in the 1980's, I had never even heard of Robert Heinlein

Anonymous said...

I'm still pondering, what is "conn a ship"? I'm afraid, I might not be able to do that!

Kathleen

Keith's mom said...

I figure I can do 12 of those things...no insect here...
Mom

Keith's mom said...

I figure I can do 12 of those things...no insect here, but the individual that can do them all is probably Clark Kent...
Mom

baktin said...

I'm with TheWanderer on this too. This just made my day.

I have only done 9 out of 21 though. Now if only I could get my hands on an idiot's guide to planning an invasion... ? :)