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Isaac Asimov
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I am all for cultural diversity and would be willing to see each recognizable group value its cultural heritage. I am a New York patriot, for instance, and if I lived in Los Angeles, I would love to get together with other New York expatriates and sing "Give My Regards to Broadway". Isaac Asimov
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Scientists derive satisfaction from figuring out the puzzle. It's about the quest, not the grail. Isaac Asimov
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The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death. They hold through time so that yesterday's love is part of today's and the confidence in tomorrow's love is also part of today"s. And when one dies, the memory lives in the other, and is warm and breathing. And when both die - I almost believe, rationalist though I am - that somewhere it remains, indestructible and eternal, enriching all of the universe by the mere fact that once it existed. Isaac Asimov
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The first law of dietetics seems to be if it tastes good, its bad for you. 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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If there is a misuse of power, it is on her part. My crime is that I have never labored to make myself popular-I admit that much-and I have paid too little attention to fools who are old enough to be senile but young enough to have power. Isaac Asimov
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It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word intuition. Isaac Asimov
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Tritt listened placidly, clearly understanding nothing, but content to be listening; while Odeen, transmitting nothing, was as clearly content to be lecturing. 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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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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There is no Master but the Master," he said, "and QT-1 is his prophet. Isaac Asimov
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Feminine intuition? Is that what you wanted the robot for? You men. Faced with a woman reaching a correct conclusion and unable to accept the fact that she is your equal or superior in intelligence, you invent something called feminine intuition. Isaac Asimov
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The Three Laws of Robotics: 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law; The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. Isaac Asimov
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Human beings sometimes find a kind of pleasure in nursing painful emotions, in blaming themselves without reason or even against reason. Isaac Asimov
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People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. 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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In the presence of total Darkness, the mind finds it absolutely necessary to create light. Isaac Asimov
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It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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Boasts are wind and deeds are hard. Isaac Asimov
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Experimentation is the least arrogant method of gaining knowledge. The experimenter humbly asks a question of nature. Isaac Asimov
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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
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I am the beneficiary of a lucky break in the genetic sweepstakes. Isaac Asimov
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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
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Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers? Isaac Asimov
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I never considered myself a patriot. I like to think I recognize only humanity as my nation. 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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A good question is, of course, the key by which infinite answers can be educed. Isaac Asimov
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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. Isaac Asimov
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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov
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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
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To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov
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A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. 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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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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Only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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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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It is well-known that the friend of a conqueror is but the last victim. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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At odd and unpredictable times, we cling in fright to the past. Isaac Asimov
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I'd say his mind stops functioning, but I lack the proof of any other state from which it might stop. Isaac Asimov
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I fear my ignorance. Isaac Asimov
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Our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov
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Though science can cause problems, it is not by ignorance that we will solve them. Isaac Asimov
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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
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In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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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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
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Any book worth banning is a book worth reading. Isaac Asimov
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If you're born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith. Isaac Asimov
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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
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