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Isaac Asimov
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There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov

All life is nucleic acid; the rest is commentary Isaac Asimov

I was once being interviewed by Barbara Walters...In between two of the segments she asked me..."But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?" I said, "Type faster." This was widely quoted, but the "six months" was changed to "six minutes," which bothered me. It's "six months. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. Isaac Asimov

An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

In my life there have been several individuals whose presence made it easier for me to think, pleasanter to make my responses. Isaac Asimov

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist. Isaac Asimov

I do not use airplanes. They strike me as unsporting. You can have an automobile accident-and survive. You can be on a sinking ship-and survive. You can be in an earthquake, fire, volcanic eruption, tornado, what you will-and survive. But if your plane crashes, you do not survive. And I say the heck with it. Isaac Asimov

So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe. Isaac Asimov

Boasts are wind and deeds are hard. Isaac Asimov

Experimentation is the least arrogant method of gaining knowledge. The experimenter humbly asks a question of nature. Isaac Asimov

We are reaching the stage where the problems we must solve are going to become insoluble without computers. I do not fear computers, I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov

Human beings sometimes find a kind of pleasure in nursing painful emotions, in blaming themselves without reason or even against reason. Isaac Asimov

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. Isaac Asimov

Considering what human beings do and have done to human beings (and to other living things as well) ... I can never imagine what the devil people think computers can add to the horrors. Isaac Asimov

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

It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy. Isaac Asimov

One would suppose that the battle for religious liberty was won in the United States two hundred years ago. However, in the time since, and right now, powerful voices are always raised in favor of bigotry and thought control. It is useful, then, to have a compendium of the thoughts of great men and women of all faiths (and of none) on the subject, to convince us that we men and woman of freedom are not and never have been alone. Isaac Asimov

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

There's nothing to it. All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. We're in no way different ourselves... You show me someone who can't understand people and I'll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself. Isaac Asimov

We mythologists know very well that myths and legends contain borrowings, moral lessons, nature cycles, and a hundred other distorting influences, and we labor to cut them away and get to what might be a kernel of truth. In fact, these same techniques must be applied to the most sober histories, for no one writes the clear and apparent truth-if such a thing can even be said to exist. Isaac Asimov

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

I don't expect to live forever, nor do I repine over that, but I am weak enough to want to be remembered forever. - Yet how few of those who have lived, even of those who have accomplished far more than I have, linger on in world memory for even a single century after death Isaac Asimov

Congratulations on the new library, because it isn't just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you-and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life. Isaac Asimov

I never considered myself a patriot. I like to think I recognize only humanity as my nation. Isaac Asimov

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

A good question is, of course, the key by which infinite answers can be educed. Isaac Asimov

Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers? Isaac Asimov

The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. Isaac Asimov

People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. Isaac Asimov

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

In the presence of total Darkness, the mind finds it absolutely necessary to create light. Isaac Asimov

Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else. Isaac Asimov

Surely, if we take on thinking partners - or, at the least, thinking servants - in the form of machines, we will be more comfortable with them, and will relate to them more easily, if they are shaped like humans. It will be easier to be friends with human-shaped robots than with specialized machines of unrecognizable shape. And I sometimes think that, in the desperate straits of humanity today, we would be grateful to have nonhuman friends, even if they are only the friends we build ourselves. Isaac Asimov

Our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov

Though science can cause problems, it is not by ignorance that we will solve them. Isaac Asimov

To him, a stilted geometric love of arrangement was system, an indefatigable and feverish interest in the pettiest facets of day-to-day bureaucracy was industry, indecision when right was caution, and blind stubbornness when wrong, determination. Isaac Asimov

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

I'd say his mind stops functioning, but I lack the proof of any other state from which it might stop. Isaac Asimov

I fear my ignorance. Isaac Asimov

Only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed. Isaac Asimov

You don't need to predict the future. Just choose a future - a good future, a useful future - and make the kind of prediction that will alter human emotions and reactions in such a way that the future you predicted will be brought about. Better to make a good future than predict a bad one. Isaac Asimov

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

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

It is well-known that the friend of a conqueror is but the last victim. Isaac Asimov

But life is glorious when it is happy; days are carefree when they are happy; the interplay of thought and imagination is far and superior to that of muscle and sinew. Let me tell you, if you don't know it from your own experience, that reading a good book, losing yourself in the interest of words and thoughts, is for some people (me, for instance) an incredible intensity of happiness. Isaac Asimov

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

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. Isaac Asimov

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov

And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy. But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer-by demonstration-would take care of that, too. For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program. The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done. And AC said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!" And there was light- Isaac Asimov

It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? Isaac Asimov

I am the beneficiary of a lucky break in the genetic sweepstakes. Isaac Asimov

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. Isaac Asimov

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

When, however, the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion - the distinguished but elderly scientists are then, after all, probably right. Isaac Asimov

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

Early in my school career, I turned out to be an incorrigible disciplinary problem. I could understand what the teacher was saying as fast as she could say it, I found time hanging heavy, so I would occasionally talk to my neighbor. That was my great crime, I talked in school. Isaac Asimov

Unfortunately, in many cases, people who write science fiction violate the laws of nature, not because they want to make a point, but because they don't know what the laws of nature are. Isaac Asimov

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

Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith. Isaac Asimov

Things do change. The only question is that since things are deteriorating so quickly, will society and man's habits change quickly enough? Isaac Asimov

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

Any book worth banning is a book worth reading. Isaac Asimov



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