Friday, November 12, 2010

Quote of the Day: Lazarus Long

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con 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, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

~ Lazarus Long


  1. Yikes, I think I must really be disappointing Lazarus!!

  2. Haha. Truth is though specialization is the backbone of capitalism and civilizaton.

  3. By the way, this quote is from a fictional character in a Robert Heinlein book. While humans continue to specialize on the job, their life outside of work, especially for mothers, tends to be that of generalist who needs to be good at a little bit of everything.