Friday, June 03, 2005

Words to Live By

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

11 Comments:

At 6/04/2005 1:14 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Dang. I can't change a diaper and my sonnets suck.

 
At 6/04/2005 6:51 AM, Blogger Laura said...

that's a tall order. makes me feel very inadequate ;-)

 
At 6/04/2005 10:29 AM, Blogger United We Lay said...

And from one of my favortite books, one I am currently reading for the umpteenth time!

 
At 6/04/2005 11:50 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

He didn't say the sonnet had to be GOOD!
I've done everything but conn a ship and die. I haven't actually set a bone, but I've stabilized a couple of broken bones before taking the person to the hospital. That should count.
I LOVE Heinlein's sense of humor!

 
At 6/04/2005 1:08 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Can I just buy the bacon?

 
At 6/04/2005 1:38 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Bridget, when buying the bacon or other cuts of meat, it can be invaluable knowing what part of the animal it comes from. Just the other day I came across "Round Steak Sirloin". There ain't no such animal! It's just the grocery store's way of getting more money for a cheaper cut.

I DO appreciate your sense of humor though!

 
At 6/04/2005 9:20 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

I don't know about the others, but if I can die gallantly, I'll be happy.

 
At 6/04/2005 10:54 PM, Anonymous Sagepaper said...

This is one of my all time favorite quotes. I haven't remembered the full required resume, but the gist of it was deeply ingrained into my impressionable adolescent mind.

 
At 6/05/2005 8:33 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZF, I'm hoping that I can live my life so I too, will "die gallantly". After all, we're all born dying.

Sage, I KNEW you'd love this!

GROK?

 
At 6/06/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger United We Lay said...

GROK!!!!

 
At 6/06/2005 4:11 PM, Blogger Ben said...

great list, I think everyone should try and live up to that.

 

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