A Badass Quote by Robert Heinlein

Once in a while I come across a quote that strikes a chord in me. It’s by Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, a book (and movie) that features 10 foot tall human-bisecting insects. Not that I can do more than about four items on Heinlein’s list, and perhaps another four badly – perhaps I can do none of them at all right now; but the idea of a 21st century renaissance man resonates with me. I love his conclusion: “Specialization is for insects.”

Here’s the quote:

A man 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

And it’s interesting what my automatic quote-mill came up with today:

  If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. Napoleon

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