“Boys, we need to fertilize this oak tree. Just jump in that hole at its base and I’ll cover you up.”

“If I had had any sense, I’d have quit and taken a working job. The only trouble with that would be that I wouldn’t have been working for the Old Man any longer. That made the difference.

“Not that he was a soft boss. He was quite capable of saying, ‘Boys, we need to fertilize this oak tree. Just jump in that hole at its base and I’ll cover you up.’ We’d have done it. Any of us would. And the Old Man would bury us alive, too, if he thought that there was as much as a 53 percent probability that it was the Tree of Liberty he was nourishing.”

― Robert A. Heinlein, “The Puppet Masters”

 

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