^^^Robert Heinlein. And how dare any society tell people which things on that list they are not supposed to know how to do, because of their gender or race or family background? How dare anyone use religious rules from thousands of years ago to circumscribe people's lives today?
I first read this as a inner city black teenager in the 1970's, trying to break out of JW thinking. And I thought to myself, "This will be my motto. This is how I want to live my life. I will not be limited by what other people think of me."
I have done most of the things on that list. I never led an invasion. I have not died gallantly or conned a ship [yet]. But I helped helped women give birth, I have started businesses, I have made Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for 20 people, I have organized communities to fight poverty, I have saved people's lives in bad accidents, and I have written mystery stories. I can drive a stick.
And so could most anyone. Which is the point of that wonderful quote.