I finished by saying that it struck me that all the ethical systems I was discussing were after the fact. That is, that people act as they are disposed to, but they like to feel afterwards that they were right and so they invent systems that approve of their dispositions.
Chapter 12 (p. 166)
Population pressure is the ultimate cause of every war.Alexei Panshin
You can’t stamp on people and not get hurt in return.Alexei Panshin
Some people get a feeling of power from being unpleasant.Alexei Panshin
I am completely convinced that the ultimate weapon is one that you can hold in your hand, point at a person, and thereby completely disrupt his sense of balance. All that he could do is lie in a huddled heap and puke. It would probably disrupt the concept of heroics for all time.Alexei Panshin
It left me there, the Compleat Young Girl, hell on wheels. I could build one-fifteenth of a log cabin, kill one-thirty-first of a tiger, kiss, do needlepoint, pass through an obstacle course, and come pretty close (in theory) to killing somebody with my bare hands. What did I have to worry about?Alexei Panshin
Brains are no good if you don’t use them.Alexei Panshin