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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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This idea [standardized time zones] was first advanced and fought for by Sandford Fleming of Canada and Charles F. Dowd of the United States. I mention them chiefly because like so many benefactors of mankind they have been rewarded by total obscurity. 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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I wanted to be a psychological engineer, but we lacked the facilities, so I did the next best thing - I went into politics. It's practically the same thing. Isaac Asimov
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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is. Isaac Asimov
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Grip the nettle firmly and it will become a stick with which to beat your enemy. Isaac Asimov
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The final end of Eternity, and the beginning of Infinity Isaac Asimov
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The bible must be seen in a cultural context. It didn't just happen. These stories are retreads. But, tell a Christian that - No, No! What makes it doubly sad is that they hardly know the book, much less its origins. Isaac Asimov
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One thought that occurs to me is that men will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better. Isaac Asimov
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It is quite clear that as long as the nations of the world spend most of their energy, money, and emotional strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a true offensive against the common problems that threaten human survival is not very likely. A world government that can channel human efforts in the direction of the great solutions seems desirable, even essential. Naturally, such a world government should be a federal one, with regional and local autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity promoted. Isaac Asimov
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People think of education as something they can finish. 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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Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am the beneficiary of a lucky break in the genetic sweepstakes. 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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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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People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. 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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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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Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us. Isaac Asimov
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I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be. Isaac Asimov
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Any book worth banning is a book worth reading. 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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Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, "I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn't that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?" 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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Politically popular speech has always been protected: even the Jews were free to say 'Heil Hitler.' Isaac Asimov
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