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Joe Haldeman

Critics talk about art... artists talk about brushes.
--"For White Hill," in Worldmakers, an sf anthology edited by Gardner Dozois

I have no agenda to save humanity, no righteous or even selfish itch for that kind of power. All I desire is quite the reverse - immunity from power, from the powerful. An orderly, bookish form of existence, occasionally spiced. As I have had for most of my life. Now, I suppose, that's no longer possible.
--Tools of the Trade

O.B. Hardison

[...] The right map is the one that tells you the lies you need to know.
--Disappearing Through the Skylight, p. 47

Pat Hartley

Commercial [flights are] like a big bus that could fall out of the sky at any moment.

For a turnip, I am old.
For a mountain, not so much.
For vodka, I am well-aged.
--with Alan P. Scott, 10/29/2002

Hit the schmooze button.

A padded cell and a hug-myself-all-day sweater.

Chris Haynes

Do you feel
that God's asleep at the wheel?

Tami Heidi

Don't be the Fun Police.

If my refrigerator were running, I'd vote for it.

"Please" and "Thank you" are the lubricants of social intercourse.

Robert A. Heinlein

Any religion is free to preach and practice but the state and all individuals have an equal right to combat their doctrines by any peaceful means.
--For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs, p. 217 (1939, published 2004)

{Prefiguring the idea of memetics - in 1939!}:
The layman doesn't realize that these non-lesional mental disorders can be as contagious as diptheria or whooping cough. More so, in fact. In the old days one man sometimes infected a whole nation, particularly after the advent of radio.
--For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs, p. 222 (1939, published 2004)

What I fear most are affirmative actions of sober and well-intentioned men, granting to government powers to do something that appears to need doing.
--Professor Bernardo de la Paz, in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, well before September 11, 2001

Herman Hesse

It is treason to sacrifice love of truth, intellectual honesty, loyalty to the laws and methods of the mind, to any other interests, including those of one's country.
--Magister Ludi

Making music together is the best way for two people to become friends.
--Magister Ludi

Only the weak are sent out on paths without perils.
--Magister Ludi

Walter Hickel

You can't just let Nature run wild.
--the governor of Alaska, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times

Robyn Hitchcock

I know who wrote the Book of Love - it was an idiot!
--Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians, "Freeze"

Peter Hoeg

Gentlemen, you need have no fears for the Good Old Days; we'll start turning them out again just as soon as demand is great enough.
--Carl Laurids, The History of Danish Dreams, p. 220

On this night her loneliness was transformed into energy and a sense of how everything is connected.
--The History of Danish Dreams, p. 169

Bruce T. Holmes

[...] it's a poor solution which limits our freedom rather than nullifying their violence.
--Anvil of the Heart, quite out of context

Victor Hugo

The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in direct proportion as the fortress is less threatened.
--Les Miserables

David Hume

It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest human passions, a restless appetite for applause.
--"Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion"

Aldous Huxley

One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder, and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.
--Brave New World, Chapter 12

Chrissie Hynde

When you own a big chunk of the bloody third world
The babies just come with the scenery.
--Pretenders, "Middle of the Road"

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