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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

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

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

What would I do if I knew I only had six months to live? Type faster. Isaac Asimov

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

We are all victimized by the natural perversity of inanimate objects...and the assorted human beings who perpetuate and maintain this perversity. Isaac Asimov

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

Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us. Isaac Asimov

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

Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. Isaac Asimov

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

There seems to be a feeling that anything that is natural is good. Strychnine is natural. Isaac Asimov

Politically popular speech has always been protected: even the Jews were free to say 'Heil Hitler.' Isaac Asimov

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

Theories are not so much wrong as incomplete Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a poor atom blaster that wo' point both ways. Isaac Asimov

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

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

A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. Isaac Asimov

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

Ponyets! They sent you? Pure chance, said Ponyets, bitterly, or the work of my own personal malevolent demon. Isaac Asimov

You know that prudery is only the other side of prurience. The words are even on the same page in the dictionary. Isaac Asimov

While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream. Isaac Asimov

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

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

It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred! Isaac Asimov

Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don't see. Isaac Asimov

Custom is second nature. Be accustomed to a bald head, sufficiently accustomed, and hair on it would seem monstrous. Isaac Asimov

Dreams may be impossible, yet still be dreamed. Isaac Asimov

If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

We're forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can't be understood. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters. Isaac Asimov

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

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die. Isaac Asimov

What I will be remembered for are the Foundation Trilogy and the Three Laws of Robotics. What I want to be remembered for is no one book, or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

To me it seems to be important to believe people to be good even if they tend to be bad, because your own joy and happiness in life is increased that way, and the pleasures of the belief outweigh the occasional disappointments. To be a cynic about people works just the other way around and makes you incapable about enjoying the good things. Isaac Asimov

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

When life is so harsh that a man loses all hope in himself, then he raises his eyes to a shining rock, worshipping it, just to find hope again, rather than looking to his own acts for hope and salvation. Yes, atheism IS a redemptive belief. It is theism that denies man's own redemptive nature. Isaac Asimov

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

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

Isn't it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us - and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run. Isaac Asimov

Having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be. Isaac Asimov

Ninety-eight - ninety-nine - one hundred. Gloria withdrew her chubby little forearm from before her eyes and stood for a moment, wrinkling her nose and blinking in the sunlight. Isaac Asimov

Life would be impossible on such a planet. It wouldn't get enough heat and light, and if it rotated there would be total darkness half of every day. There wouldn't be any native inhabitants. You couldn't expect life-which is fundamentally dependent on light-to develop under such extreme conditions of light deprivation. Half of every axial rotation spent in Darkness! No, nothing could exist under conditions like that. Isaac Asimov

Even as a youngster, though, I could not bring myself to believe that if knowledge presented danger, the solution was ignorance. To me, it always seemed that the solution had to be wisdom. You did not refuse to look at danger, rather you learned how to handle it safely. Isaac Asimov

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

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

Why this reluctance to make the change? We fear the process of reeducation. Isaac Asimov

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

People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. They are far too ready to dismiss it and to build arcane structures of extremely rickety substance in order to avoid it. I, on the other hand, see coincidence everywhere as an inevitable consequence of the laws of probability, according to which having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be. Isaac Asimov

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

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

Politically popular speech has always been protected: even the Jews were free to say "Heil Hitler." Isaac Asimov

Fertility is hereditary. If your parents didn't have any children, neither will you. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov

One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three, 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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