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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land


by Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #1

"He [Smith] can join us, or have a tray. This is Freedom Hall, my dear. Everyone does as he pleases…then if he does something I don't like, I [Jubal] kick him the hell out." (10.71)

Jubal is freedom incarnate, at least for himself. When you think about it, his freedom only seems to extend to his personal cut-off point. After all, if you express your freedom and do something he doesn't like, he kicks you out of his house. Harsh.

Quote #2

"I just wanted to make clear that I had no intention of meddling with politics to suit romantic notions you or Ben Caxton may have. My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity… and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So now I do what pleases Jubal Harshaw." (10.95)

Jubal seems to be implying that freedom comes with the price of removing yourself from the game of society, living a quasi-hermit lifestyle like him. It's a lesson Mike doesn't learn come end game.

Quote #3

"A desire to not butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom." (18.278)

This is just another way of saying that people are free to do what they want to do. Jubal, naturally, doesn't take his own advice all the time. Oh, and what about that other twenty percent? What do you think that is?

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