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Isaac Asimov
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Author's Notes: This story starts with section 6. This is not a mistake. I have my own subtle reasoning. So, just read, and enjoy. Isaac Asimov
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You see, proteins, as I probably needn't tell you, are immensely complicated groupings of amino acids and certain other specialized compounds, arranged in intricate three-dimensional patterns that are as unstable as sunbeams on a cloudy day. It is this instability that is life, since it is forever changing its position in an effort to maintain its identity-in the manner of a long rod balanced on an acrobat's nose. Isaac Asimov
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It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred! Isaac Asimov
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Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don't see. Isaac Asimov
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Custom is second nature. Be accustomed to a bald head, sufficiently accustomed, and hair on it would seem monstrous. Isaac Asimov
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Dreams may be impossible, yet still be dreamed. Isaac Asimov
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If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over. 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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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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Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history : the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal "honor" and court etiquette. Isaac Asimov
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We're forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can't be understood. 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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Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. Isaac Asimov
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Inertia! Our ruling class knows one law; no change. Despotism! They know one rule; force. Maldistribution! They know one desire; to hold what is theirs. Isaac Asimov
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There seems to be a feeling that anything that is natural is good. Strychnine is natural. Isaac Asimov
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I'm not a speed reader. I'm a speed understander. Isaac Asimov
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In all the known history of Mankind, advances have been made primarily in physical technology; in the capacity of handling the inanimate world about Man. Control of self and society has been left to to chance or to the vague gropings of intuitive ethical systems based on inspiration and emotion. As a result no culture of greater stability than about fifty-five percent has ever existed, and these only as the result of great human misery. 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, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. 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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Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them. Isaac Asimov
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Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters. 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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It's a poor atom blaster that wo' point both ways. Isaac Asimov
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We are all victimized by the natural perversity of inanimate objects...and the assorted human beings who perpetuate and maintain this perversity. Isaac Asimov
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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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A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 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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Ponyets! They sent you? Pure chance, said Ponyets, bitterly, or the work of my own personal malevolent demon. Isaac Asimov
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You know that prudery is only the other side of prurience. The words are even on the same page in the dictionary. 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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The Earth should not be cut up into hundreds of different sections, each inhabited by a self-defined segment of humanity that considers its own welfare and its own "national security" to be paramount above all other consideration. Isaac Asimov
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What would I do if I knew I only had six months to live? Type faster. Isaac Asimov
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One might suppose that reality must be held to at all costs. However, though that may be the moral thing to do, it is not necessarily the most useful thing to do. The Greeks themselves chose the ideal over the real in their geometry and demonstrated very well that far more could be achieved by consideration of abstract line and form than by a study of the real lines and forms of the world; the greater understanding achieved through abstraction could be applied most usefully to the very reality that was ignored in the process of gaining knowledge. 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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Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking spot at the end. 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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It took me thirty-six years; and, in some fifty stories, ranging in length from short-shorts to novels, I think I must have touched, in one way or another, on every aspect of computers and computerization. And (mark this!) I did it without ever knowing anything at all about computers in any real sense. To this day, I don't. I am totally inept with machinery... on my typewriter I turn out books at the contemptible rate of one a month Isaac Asimov
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Theories are not so much wrong as incomplete Isaac Asimov
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In theory, there is nothing the computer can do that the human mind can not do. The computer merely takes a finite amount of data and performs a finite number of operations upon them. The human mind can duplicate the process 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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You don't have to be able to lay eggs to know when one of them is rotten. 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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The three fundamental Rules of Robotics.... One, a robot may not injure a human being under any conditions-and, as a corollary, must not permit a human being to be injured because of inaction on his part.... Two... a robot must follow all orders given by qualified human beings as long as they do not conflict with Rule 1.... Three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as that does not conflict with Rules 1 and 2. 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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I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die. Isaac Asimov
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It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong. 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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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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Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me what makes skies so blue, And I'll tell you why I love you. Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine, Tropisms make the ivy twine, Raleigh scattering make skies so blue, Testicular hormones are why I love you. 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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The tyranny that now exists is actual. That which may exist in the future is potential. If we are always to draw back from change with the thought that the change may be for the worse, then there is no hope at all of ever escaping injustice. Isaac Asimov
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All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. 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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It is the invariable lesson to humanity that distance in time, and in space as well, lends focus. It is not recorded, incidentally, that the lesson has ever been permanently learned. 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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Economics is on the side of humanity now. Isaac Asimov
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How many people is the earth able to sustain? Isaac Asimov
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Once you get it into your head that somebody is controlling events, you can interpret everything in that light and find no reasonable certainty anywhere. 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
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When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. Isaac Asimov
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On Earth, we are unmanned by our longing for a pastoral past that never really existed; and that, if it had existed, could never exist again...on the Moon, there is no past to long for or dream about. There is no direction but forward. 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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Fifty years," I hackneyed, "is a long time." "Not when you're looking back at them," she said. "You wonder how they vanished so quickly. Isaac Asimov
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It is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works. Isaac Asimov
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Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. 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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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. 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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