My wife is currently reading a Heinlein novel....and she showed me this quote today...I'd heard it before, but it was nice to hear it again....I think I agree with it...

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

by Eric on November 20, 2003 | Comments(5) | Psycho Rants

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Love that quote. I had it for my email signature for a while. My stepdad, who had never read Heinlein, thought I wrote it and was convinced I was suddenly a genius. LOL

posted by: LeeAnn on November 20, 2003 09:49 AM

that is awesome.

posted by: amy on November 20, 2003 01:57 PM

It's very good quote, and I like it.

But one could argue that if everyone is mediocre in several arenas, who is going to be brilliant in any one area?

posted by: Key on November 20, 2003 03:31 PM

or even...diversity is the spice of life...or something like that....evolution tells us that the most flexible creatures are best at surviving...

posted by: Eric on November 20, 2003 04:01 PM

Ever since I read that quote long ago when I was a child, that kind of general capability is what I've striven for.

My sonnets suck, though...

posted by: Jack on November 20, 2003 08:31 PM