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274 Inspiring Quotes by Isaac Asimov

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Wikipedia Summary for Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. He also wrote an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.\n\nAsimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime.

Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation" series, the first three books of which won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. His other major series are the "Galactic Empire" series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are set in the much earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, with Foundation and Earth (1986), he linked this distant future to the Robot stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He also wrote over 380 short stories, including the social science fiction novelette "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted the best short science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction. Most of his popular science books explain concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. Examples include Guide to Science, the three-volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery. He wrote on numerous other scientific and non-scientific topics, such as chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, history, biblical exegesis, and literary criticism.

He was president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid (5020) Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school, Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO, and four literary awards are named in his honor.

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Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

--Isaac Asimov

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I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing -- to be clear.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing--to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics--Well, they can do whatever they wish.


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Fertility is hereditary. If your parents didn't have any children, neither will you.

--Isaac Asimov


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The world is being Americanized and technologized to its limits, and that makes it dull for some people. Reaching the Moon restores the frontier and gives us the lands beyond.

--Isaac Asimov

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The essential building block is...the true love that is impossible to define for those who have never experienced it and unnecessary to define for those who have.

--Isaac Asimov



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I grow grandiose, which is a good sign I should become prosaic.

--Isaac Asimov

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Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.

--Isaac Asimov



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There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven.

--Isaac Asimov

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I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.


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Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.

--Isaac Asimov

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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!' but ‘That's funny!'

--Isaac Asimov

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That was the trouble with the Outside. One teetered forever between unpleasant alternatives.

--Isaac Asimov

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

--Isaac Asimov


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The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.

--Isaac Asimov



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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

--Isaac Asimov



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When I die I won't go to heaven or hell; there will just be nothingness.

--Isaac Asimov

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No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

--Isaac Asimov

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Science is a set of rules to keep us from telling lies to each other. All scientists really have is a reputation for telling the truth.

--Isaac Asimov


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Is not all this an extraordinary concatenation of coincidence?
Pelorat said, If you list it like that?
List it any way you please, said Trevize. I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence.

--Isaac Asimov

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My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job that he isn't worth discussing.

--Isaac Asimov




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It has always been my ambition to die in harness with my head face down on a keyboard and my nose caught between two of the keys.

--Isaac Asimov

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It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.

--Isaac Asimov


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The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know.

--Isaac Asimov



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Naturally, since the Sumerians didn't know what caused the flood anymore than we do, they blamed the gods. (That's the advantage of religion. You're never short an explanation for anything.).

--Isaac Asimov

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Computerization eliminates the middleman.

--Isaac Asimov

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I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.

--Isaac Asimov

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The City was the acme of efficiency, but it made demands of its inhabitants. It asked them to live in a tight routine and order their lives under a strict and scientific control.

--Isaac Asimov

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It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

--Isaac Asimov

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Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket.

--Isaac Asimov

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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

--Isaac Asimov

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Society is much more easily soothed than one's own conscience.

--Isaac Asimov

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People who don't expect justice don't have to suffer disappointment.

--Isaac Asimov

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Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo.

--Isaac Asimov


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Carbon is the basis of human life and iron of robot life. It becomes easy to speak of C Fe when you wish express a culture that combines the best of the two on an equal but parallel basis.

--Isaac Asimov

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Words are a pretty fuzzy substitute for mathematical equations.

--Isaac Asimov




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There is no more desire to live past one's time than to die before it.

--Isaac Asimov

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At odd and unpredictable times, we cling in fright to the past .

--Isaac Asimov

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A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

--Isaac Asimov

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The Foundation has secrets. They have books, old books -- so old that the language they are in is only known to a few of the top men. But the secrets are shrouded in ritual and religion, and may use them.

--Isaac Asimov

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Where the stars are scattered thinly,' quoted Barr, 'And the cold of space seeps in.

--Isaac Asimov

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There was this superstitious fear on the part of the pygmies of the present for the relics of the giants of the past.

--Isaac Asimov

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They absorb carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. What could be more desirable? And they look good in the bargain. Stop chopping down the rain forests and plant more saplings, and we're on our way.

--Isaac Asimov

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There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.

--Isaac Asimov

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A nuclear blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.

--Isaac Asimov

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Life originated in the sea, and about eighty percent of it is still there.

--Isaac Asimov



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If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true.

--Isaac Asimov


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Limmar Ponyets was completely a-lather when the call reached his receiver -- which proves that the old bromide about telemessages and the bathtub holds true even in the dark, hard space of the Galactic Periphery.

--Isaac Asimov

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The secret of the successful fool is that he's no fool at all.

--Isaac Asimov

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It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by -- Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.

--Isaac Asimov

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Writing is my only interest. Even speaking is an interruption.

--Isaac Asimov


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I want to be a human being, nothing more and nothing less. ... I don't suppose we can ever stop hating each other, but why encourage that by keeping the old labels with their ready-made history of millennial hate?

--Isaac Asimov




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The Scientist -- with capital letters and no smile.

--Isaac Asimov

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Logical but not reasonable. Wasn't that the definition of a robot?

--Isaac Asimov


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To insult someone we call him bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, human might be the greater insult.

--Isaac Asimov

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No vision of God and heaven ever experienced by the most exalted prophet can, in my opinion, match the vision of the universe as seen by Newton or Einstein.

--Isaac Asimov

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Science does not promise absolute truth, nor does it consider that such a thing necessarily exists. Science does not even promise that everything in the Universe is amenable to the scientific process.

--Isaac Asimov

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The human mind works at low efficiency. Twenty percent is the figure usually given. When, momentarily, there is a flash of greater power, it is termed a hunch, or insight, or intuition.

--Isaac Asimov

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Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one--Marie, the famous Madame Curie--and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else.

--Isaac Asimov


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The infinity of potential knowledge may be infinitely greater than the infinity of my actual knowledge.

--Isaac Asimov

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There is nothing so eternally adhesive as the memory of power.

--Isaac Asimov


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You wait for the war to happen like vultures. If you want to help, prevent the war. Don't save the remnants. Save them all.

--Isaac Asimov


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It's one thing to have guts; it's another to be crazy.

--Isaac Asimov

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Humanity is cutting down its forests, apparently oblivious to the fact that we may not be able to live without them.

--Isaac Asimov


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Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking spot at the end.

--Isaac Asimov

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Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

--Isaac Asimov


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All normal life, Peter, consciously or otherwise, resent domination. If the domination is by an inferior, or by a supposed inferior, the resentment becomes stronger.

--Isaac Asimov




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Democracy cannot survive overpopulation.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters.


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Since emotions are few and reasons are many (said the robot Giscard) the behavior of a crowd can be more easily predicted than the behavior of one person.

--Isaac Asimov

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Aimless extension of knowledge, however, which is what I think you really mean by the term curiosity, is merely inefficiency. I am designed to avoid inefficiency.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

Aimless extension of knowledge, however, which is what I think you really mean by the term curiosity, is merely inefficiency. I am designed to avoid inefficiency." -R. Daneel Olivaw.



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If we only obey those rules that we think are just and reasonable, then no rule will stand, for there is no rule that some will not think is unjust and unreasonable.

--Isaac Asimov

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All life is nucleic acid the rest is commentary.

--Isaac Asimov

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Radiation, unlike smoking, drinking, and overeating, gives no pleasure, so the possible victims object.

--Isaac Asimov

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I figure that if God actually does exist, he is big enough to understand an honest difference of opinion.

--Isaac Asimov


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If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

--Isaac Asimov

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We were never under any delusions as to which was more important, an individual or humanity.

--Isaac Asimov


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It's humbling to think that all animals, including human beings, are parasites of the plant world.

--Isaac Asimov

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I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.

--Isaac Asimov

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Emotionally I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.

--Isaac Asimov

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There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

How then to enforce peace? Not by reason, certainly, nor by education. If a man could not look at the fact of peace and the fact of war and choose the former in preference to the latter, what additional argument could persuade him? What could be more eloquent as a condemnation of war than war itself? What tremendous feat of dialectic could carry with it a tenth the power of a single gutted ship with its ghastly cargo?






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The intelligent man is never bored.

--Isaac Asimov

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Suppose we were to teach creationism. What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details?

--Isaac Asimov


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The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.

--Isaac Asimov

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The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.

--Isaac Asimov

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A fire-eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.

--Isaac Asimov

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Anything you make forbidden gains sexual attractiveness. Would you be particularly interested in women's breasts if you lived in a society in which they were displayed at all times?

--Isaac Asimov


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He slept that night the sleep of a successfully stubborn man.

--Isaac Asimov


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It was odd how that last deed caught the imagination of the world. All that Andrew had done before had not swayed them. But he had finally accepted even death to be human, and the sacrifice was too great to be rejected.

--Isaac Asimov

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From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.

--Isaac Asimov

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How bright and beautiful a comet is as it flies past our planet--provided it does fly past it.

--Isaac Asimov

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Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know -- even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction -- than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.



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I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.

--Isaac Asimov

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The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate.

--Isaac Asimov


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A neat and orderly laboratory is unlikely. It is, after all, so much a place of false starts and multiple attempts.

--Isaac Asimov

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Force yourself to laugh and you'll soon find something to laugh about. A being causes his own feelings. Splurge on it!

--Isaac Asimov

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Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil--but there is no way around them.

--Isaac Asimov



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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

--Isaac Asimov



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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

--Isaac Asimov

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No one can possibly have lived through the Great Depression without being scarred by it. No amount of experience since the depression can convince someone who has lived through it that the world is safe economically.

--Isaac Asimov

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I'm not a speed reader. I'm a speed understander.

--Isaac Asimov

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Working ten hour days allows you to fall behind twice as fast as you could working five hour days.

--Isaac Asimov

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Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters.

--Isaac Asimov

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

--Isaac Asimov



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And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.

--Isaac Asimov



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The cure for advanced gullibility is to go to sleep and consider matters again the next day.

--Isaac Asimov

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You don't have to be able to lay eggs to know when one of them is rotten.

--Isaac Asimov


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The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

--Isaac Asimov

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It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word "intuition."

--Isaac Asimov

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One might accept death reasoningly, with every aspect of the conscious mind, but the body was a brute beast that knew nothing of reason.

--Isaac Asimov


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There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.

--Isaac Asimov

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It's not so much what you have to learn if you accept weird theories, it's what you have to UNlearn.

--Isaac Asimov

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It was childish to feel disappointed, but childishness comes almost as naturally to a man as to a child.

--Isaac Asimov

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When asked for advice by beginners. Know your ending, I say, or the river of your story may finally sink into the desert sands and never reach the sea.

--Isaac Asimov



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No one is so modest as not to believe himself a competent amateur sleuth.

--Isaac Asimov


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No individual death among human beings is important. Someone who dies leaves his work behind and that does not entirely die. It never entirely dies as long as humanity exists.

--Isaac Asimov



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Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.

--Isaac Asimov


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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.

--Isaac Asimov

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The whole world might know you and acclaim you, but someone in the past, forever unreachable, forever unknowing, spoils it all.

--Isaac Asimov


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There's so much knowledge to be had that specialists cling to their specialties as a shield against having to know anything about anything else. They avoid being drowned.

--Isaac Asimov

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What is really amazing, and frustrating, is mankind's habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen catastrophes.

--Isaac Asimov


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Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he and his type writer or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the matter.

--Isaac Asimov

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Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.

--Isaac Asimov



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Love life seems to be that factor which requires the largest quantity of magical tinkering.

--Isaac Asimov

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Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.

--Isaac Asimov

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Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage.

--Isaac Asimov

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The dangers that face the world can, every one of them, be traced back to science. The salvations that may save the world will, every one of them, be traced back to science.

--Isaac Asimov

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Why is it, I wonder, that anyone who displays superior athletic ability is an object of admiration to his classmates, while one who displays superior mental ability is an object of hatred?

--Isaac Asimov

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A myth or legend is simply not made up out of a vacuum. Nothing is -- or can be. Somehow there is a kernel of truth behind it, however distorted that might be.

--Isaac Asimov


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Most of the iron that has found its way into the Earth's core and its surface rocks -- and into our own blood, as well -- once existed in white dwarfs that exploded.

--Isaac Asimov

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And his idea of solid comfort was to be left in utter solitude for two or three hours.

--Isaac Asimov

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Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.

--Isaac Asimov


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Do not forget that a traitor within our ranks, known to us, can do more harm to the enemy than a loyal man can do good to us.

--Isaac Asimov

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Courtiers don't take wagers against the king's skill. There is the deadly danger of winning.

--Isaac Asimov

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Economics is on the side of humanity now.

--Isaac Asimov

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John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.

--Isaac Asimov

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It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.


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It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold.

--Isaac Asimov




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The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress.

--Isaac Asimov

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When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

--Isaac Asimov

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I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it.

--Isaac Asimov

Longer Version:

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.


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I don't think I've ever held a racket in my hand ... There's got to be somebody in the US who isn't trying to play tennis and stinking up the court.

--Isaac Asimov

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To introduce something altogether new would mean to begin all over, to become ignorant again, and to run the old, old risk of failing to learn.

--Isaac Asimov

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Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.

--Isaac Asimov


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But what's the difference how they act? How about how I feel? I love Robutt and that's what counts.

--Isaac Asimov


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All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.

--Isaac Asimov

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The spell of power never quite releases its hold.

--Isaac Asimov

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I am afraid a monster is grown that will devour all of us. Yet we must fight him.

--Isaac Asimov




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The whole business is the crudest sort of stratagem, since we have no way of foreseeing it to the end. It is a mere paying out of rope on the chance that somewhere along the length of it will be a noose.

--Isaac Asimov


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The history of science is full of revolutionary advances that required small insights that anyone might have had, but that, in fact, only one person did.

--Isaac Asimov

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To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge.

--Isaac Asimov

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Uncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don't know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.

--Isaac Asimov

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The final end of Eternity, and the beginning of Infinity.

--Isaac Asimov

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Arthur Clarke says that I am first in science and second in science fiction in accordance with an agreement we have made. I say he is first in science fiction and second in science.

--Isaac Asimov

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Any technological advance can be dangerous. Fire was dangerous from the start, and so (even more so) was speech -- and both are still dangerous to this day -- but human beings would not be human without them.

--Isaac Asimov


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Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty.

--Isaac Asimov


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A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

--Isaac Asimov

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Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them.

--Isaac Asimov

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You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason -- -if you pick the proper postulates.

--Isaac Asimov


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Intuition is the art, peculiar to the human mind, of working out the correct answer from data that is, in itself, incomplete or even, perhaps, misleading.

--Isaac Asimov

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No one suggests that writing about science will turn the entire world into a model of judgment and creative thought. It will be enough if they spread the knowledge as widely as possible.

--Isaac Asimov


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For a wise man, I have been told, once said, ‘Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate in empty phrases.' But alas, my lady, I am but a mass of empty phrases, it would seem.

--Isaac Asimov


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When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.

--Isaac Asimov

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There is an art to science, and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole.

--Isaac Asimov

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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

--Isaac Asimov

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Of course, the reader might argue that I was as stubborn in my viewpoint as they were in theirs. Yes, indeed, but I was right and they were wrong and that made the difference.

--Isaac Asimov




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The rotten tree-trunk, until the very moment when the storm-blast breaks it in two, has all the appearance of might it ever had.

--Isaac Asimov

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Life is glorious when it is happy; days are carefree when they are happy; the interplay of thought and imagination is far superior to that of muscle and sinew.

--Isaac Asimov

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Oh, for a pin that would puncture pretension!

--Isaac Asimov

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Goodbye, Hari, my love. Remember always -- all you did for me."
           
-I did nothing for you."
           
-You loved me and your love made me -- human.

--Isaac Asimov

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God, how that stings! I've spent a lifetime loving science fiction and now I find that you must expect nothing of something that's just science fiction.

--Isaac Asimov

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She's qualified all right. She understands robots like a sister--comes from hating human beings so much, I think.

--Isaac Asimov

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It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research.

--Isaac Asimov


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Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.

--Isaac Asimov


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All roads lead to Trantor, says the old proverb, and that is where all stars end.

--Isaac Asimov

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People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

--Isaac Asimov

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To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.

--Isaac Asimov

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If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success -- but only if you persist.

--Isaac Asimov



sunflower field during daytime

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.

--Isaac Asimov




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It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.

--Isaac Asimov

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