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Isaac Asimov
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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, 'hmm.... that's funny... Isaac Asimov

But 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

That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That- Hardin broke in: Not at all. He's merely the product of his environment. He doesn't understand much except that 'I got a gun and you ain't. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. Isaac Asimov

The cure for advanced gullibility is to go to sleep and consider matters again the next day. Isaac Asimov

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

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

Economics is on the side of humanity now. Isaac Asimov

How many people is the earth able to sustain? Isaac Asimov

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

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

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. Isaac Asimov

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

It is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works. Isaac Asimov

It's not so much what you have to learn if you accept weird theories, it's what you have to UNlearn. Isaac Asimov

Life originated in the sea, and about eighty percent of it is still there. Isaac Asimov

I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Isaac Asimov

It's humbling to think that all animals, including human beings, are parasites of the plant world. Isaac Asimov

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know-and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know-even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction-than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too. Isaac Asimov

A scientist is as weak and human as any man, but the pursuit of science may ennoble him even against his will. Isaac Asimov

The significant chemicals of living tissue are rickety and unstable, which is exactly what is needed for life. Isaac Asimov

And in man is a three-pound brain which, as far as we know, is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe. Isaac Asimov

Although we will hate and fight the machines, we will be supplanted anyway, and rightly so, for the intelligent machines to which we will give birth may, better than we, carry on the striving toward the goal of understanding and using the Universe, climbing to heights we ourselves could never aspire to. Isaac Asimov

How then to enforce peace? Not by reason, certainly, nor by education. If a man could not look at the fact of peace and the fact of war and choose the former in preference to the latter, what additional argument could persuade him? What could be more eloquent as a condemnation of war than war itself? What tremendous feat of dialectic could carry with it a tenth the power of a single gutted ship with its ghastly cargo? Isaac Asimov

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. Isaac Asimov

It's the writing that teaches you. Isaac Asimov

The great secret of the successful fool is that he's no fool at all Isaac Asimov

Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user. Isaac Asimov

True literacy is becoming an arcane art and the nation [United States] is steadily dumbing down. Isaac Asimov

Even as a youngster, though, I could not bring myself to believe that if knowledge presented danger, the solution was ignorance. Isaac Asimov

There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. Isaac Asimov

Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusing. In fact, I think I sometimes detect conspiratorial plottings among my friends to protect me against my own lack of sophistication. I don't mind. I suspect that I am never quite as unsophisticated as they think I am, but I don't mind. Isaac Asimov

The laws of history are as absolute as the laws of physics, and if the probabilities of error are greater, it is only because history does not deal with as many humans as physics does atoms, so that individual variations count for more. Isaac Asimov

If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist. Isaac Asimov

There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven. Isaac Asimov

One of Walt Whitman's best-known poems is this one: When I heard the learn'd astronomer,.... The trouble is, Whitman is talking through his hat, but the poor soul didn't know any better Isaac Asimov

The Iranians are Moslems and the Iraqi are Moslems. Both are certain that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his prophet and believe it with all their hearts. And yet, at the moment, Iraq doesn't trust Iran worth a damn, and Iran trusts Iraq even less than that. In fact, Iran is convinced that Iraq is in the pay of the Great Satan (that's God-fearing America, in case you've forgotten) and Iraq counters with the accusation that it is Iran who is in the pay of the Great Satan. Neither side is accusing the Godless Soviets of anything, which is a puzzle Isaac Asimov

The false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. Isaac Asimov

No vision of God and heaven ever experienced by the most exalted prophet can, in my opinion, match the vision of the universe as seen by Newton or Einstein Isaac Asimov

Where any answer is possible, all answers are meaningless. Isaac Asimov

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact. Isaac Asimov

The Earth faces environmental problems right now that threaten the imminent destruction of civilization and the end of the planet as a livable world. Humanity cannot afford to waste its financial and emotional resources on endless, meaningless quarrels between each group and all others. there must be a sense of globalism in which the world unites to solve the real problems that face all groups alike. Isaac Asimov

When I sit down at the typewriter, I write. Someone once asked me if I had a fixed routine before I start, like setting up exercises, sharpening pencils, or having a drink of orange juice. I said, "No, the only thing I do before I start writing is to make sure that I'm close enough to the typewriter to reach the keys." Isaac Asimov

I do' believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence. Isaac Asimov

My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. Creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones. Isaac Asimov

[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings. Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is completely programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov

A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. Isaac Asimov

Violence, came the retort, is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov

There's something about a pious man such as he. He will cheerfully cut your throat if it suits him, but he will hesitate to endanger the welfare of your immaterial and problematical soul. Isaac Asimov

You are a valuable subject, Brodrig. You always suspect far more than is necessary, and I have but to take half your suggested precautions to be utterly safe. Isaac Asimov

The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise. Isaac Asimov

All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch. Isaac Asimov

Do not forget that a traitor within our ranks, known to us, can do more harm to the enemy than a loyal man can do good to us. Isaac Asimov

Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases. Isaac Asimov

All humanity could share a common insanity and be immersed in a common illusion while living in a common chaos. That can't be disproved, but we have no choice but to follow our senses. Isaac Asimov

Courtiers don't take wagers against the king's skill. There is the deadly danger of winning. Isaac Asimov

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

If there is a category of human being for whom his work ought to speak for itself, it is the writer. Isaac Asimov

Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly. Isaac Asimov

When asked for advice by beginners. Know your ending, I say, or the river of your story may finally sink into the desert sands and never reach the sea. Isaac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. Isaac Asimov

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse. Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov

To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult. Isaac Asimov



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