Today I’m posting some quotes from one of my favorite authors, Robert Asprin. I’ve been reading his novels since I was 8 or 9. Robert Asprin is the author of the Myth series and also the Phule series, both of which are sci-fi humor. I’m sure I’m taking his quotes out of context, so please don’t write me and let me know that he’s a raving liberal or closet communist. The point is that it doesn’t matter. The quotes work well in the context that I’m putting them in.
The first quote refers to the ability for college students to be misguided at best.
“Of course, for hotbeds of sedition and revolution, one need look no further than institutes of higher education. Rampant idealism untempered by the practicalities of having to earn a living is great for producing droves of untested youths who are convinced they know how to run the world better than those currently in charge” ~R .L. Asprin
The next quote speaks of why the army works the way it does.
“Oh, I know a lot of people see a soldier’s life as being subservient. That it’s the role of a mindless robot subject to the nonsensical orders and whims of his superior officers… including Generals. The fact is that an army has to be united in purpose, or it’s ineffectual. Each man in it voluntarily agrees to follow the chain of command because it’s the most effective way to achieve a common goal. A soldier who doesn’t know what he wants or why he’s fighting is worthless. Even worse, he’s a danger to anyone and everyone who’s counting on him.” ~R. L. Asprin
I especially like this next quote as I see it as a good example as to why we must fight terrorism and countries that threaten us.
“Think of a young man who trains himself so that he won’t be bullied by older, larger men. He lifts weights to develop his muscles, studies various forms of armed and unarmed combat, and practices long hard hours with one objective in mind: To harden himself to where he won’t have to knuckle under to anyone.”
“What would you say, then, if that same young man subsequently let every pipsqueak and bravo shove him around because he was afraid he’d hurt them if he pushed back?”
“I’d say he was a bloody idiot.” ~R. L. Asprin