Quotable Quote

Found Notebooks of Lazarus Long in some long-forgotten1 parts of the innerwebs:

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

Surely that should pause the modern day renaissance man for a moment, but the point is well-made, and duly noted2.


  1. angelfire.com, you still exist? One would be forgiven for assuming that this site, along with many others of its vintage, must have been acquired by Yahoo! and then… the inevitable happened.

  2. Nothing serious. This post was made solely to test some minor changes to site CSS that make blockquotes and footnotes look a wee bit better.

(Posted on July 12, 2013.)