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Isaac Asimov
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[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings. Isaac Asimov
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Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact. Isaac Asimov
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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
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It's a poor atom blaster that won't point both ways. Isaac Asimov
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I don't like anything that's got to be. I want to know why. Isaac Asimov
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Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.. Isaac Asimov
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Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism. Isaac Asimov
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Intelligence is an extremely subtle concept. It's a kind of understanding that flourishes if it's combined with a good memory, but exists anyway even in the absence of good memory. It's the ability to draw consequences from causes, to make correct inferences, to foresee what might be the result, to work out logical problems, to be reasonable, rational, to have the ability to understand the solution from perhaps insufficient information. You know when a person is intelligent, but you can be easily fooled if you are not yourself intelligent. Isaac Asimov
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Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It's a system for testing your thoughts against the universe, and seeing whether they match. Isaac Asimov
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Science is complex and chilling. The mathematical language of science is understood by very few. The vistas it presents are scary-an enormous universe ruled by chance and impersonal rules, empty and uncaring, ungraspable and vertiginous. How comfortable to turn instead to a small world, only a few thousand years old, and under God's personal; and immediate care; a world in which you are His peculiar concern. Isaac Asimov
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Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world. Isaac Asimov
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To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge. Isaac Asimov
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The vast majority, who believe in astrology and think that the planets have nothing better to do than form a code that will tell them whether tomorrow is a good day to close a business deal or not, become all the more excited and enthusiastic. Isaac Asimov
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What would you consider a good job?" Answered as follows: "A good job is one in which I don't have to work, and get paid a lot of money." When I heard that I cheered and yelled and felt that he should be given an A+, for he had perfectly articulated the American dream of those who despise knowledge. What a politician that kid would have made. Isaac Asimov
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The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists. Isaac Asimov
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If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true. Isaac Asimov
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I don't subscribe to the thesis, 'Let the buyer beware,' I prefer the disregarded one that goes, 'Let the seller be honest.' Isaac Asimov
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The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Isaac Asimov
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The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine. Isaac Asimov
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Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all. Isaac Asimov
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I want to be a human being, nothing more and nothing less. ... I don't suppose we can ever stop hating each other, but why encourage that by keeping the old labels with their ready-made history of millennial hate? Isaac Asimov
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... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans. Isaac Asimov
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It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. Isaac Asimov
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I can't bear to hear a human being spoken of with contempt just because of his group identification...It's these respectable people here who create those hooligans out there. Isaac Asimov
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It's your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion. Isaac Asimov
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John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war. Isaac Asimov
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There is no more desire to live past one's time than to die before it. Isaac Asimov
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Love life seems to be that factor which requires the largest quantity of magical tinkering. Isaac Asimov
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The closer to the truth, the better the lie, and the truth itself, when it can be used, is the best lie. Isaac Asimov
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A myth or legend is simply not made up out of a vacuum. Nothing is-or can be. Somehow there is a kernel of truth behind it, however distorted that might be. Isaac Asimov
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The spell of power never quite releases its hold. Isaac Asimov
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It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills. Isaac Asimov
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From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review. Isaac Asimov
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I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books. Isaac Asimov
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It is not only the living who are killed in war. Isaac Asimov
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They absorb carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. What could be more desirable? And they look good in the bargain. Stop chopping down the rain forests and plant more saplings, and we're on our way. Isaac Asimov
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The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome. 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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Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny... 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. [The Second Law of Robotics] Isaac Asimov
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The greatest inventors are unknown to us. Someone invented the wheel - but who? Isaac Asimov
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...democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters. Isaac Asimov
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However, I continue to try and I continue, indefatigably, to reach out. There's no way I can single-handedly save the world or, perhaps, even make a perceptible difference - but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making one more effort. Isaac Asimov
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How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection...That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers. Isaac Asimov
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I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. Isaac Asimov
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Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris. Isaac Asimov
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Q. You do not consider your statement a disloyal one? A. No, sir. Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty. Q. You are sure that your statement represents scientific truth? A. I am. Isaac Asimov
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He believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don't believe in it at all. Isaac Asimov
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We abandoned the appearance of power to preserve the essence of it. Isaac Asimov
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Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once. Isaac Asimov
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Science is a set of rules to keep us from telling lies to each other. All scientists really have is a reputation for telling the truth. Isaac Asimov
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It is precisely because it is fashionable for Americans to know no science, even though they may be well educated otherwise, that they so easily fall prey to nonsense. Isaac Asimov
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The young specialist in English Lit, ...lectured me severely on the fact that in every century people have thought they understood the Universe at last, and in every century they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can say about our modern "knowledge" is that it is wrong. Isaac Asimov
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There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer. Isaac Asimov
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That's the harm of Close Encounters: that it convinces tens of millions that that's what just science fiction is. Isaac Asimov
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I'm an indoors person. I'm not afraid of the outdoors and I penetrate it easily and cheerfully. However, I must admit I like Central Park better than the wilderness, and I like the canyons of Manhattan better than Central Park, and I like the interior of my apartment better than the canyons of Manhattan, and I like my two rooms better with the shades down at all times than with the shades up. I'm not an agoraphobe at all, but I am a claustrophile, if you see the distinction. Isaac Asimov
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The Bible contains legendary, historical, and ethical contents. It is quite possible to consider them separately, and one doesn't have to accept the legends in order to get the ethics. Fundamentalists make a grave mistake to insist on the letter of the writings, because they drive away many who can't swallow the Adam-and-Eve bit. Isaac Asimov
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In life, people will take you at your own reckoning. Isaac Asimov
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We can make inspired guesses, but we don't know for certain what physical and chemical properties of the planet's crust its ocean and its atmosphere made it so conducive to such a sudden appearance of life. Isaac Asimov
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When asked what he would do if he only had six months to live: Type faster. Isaac Asimov
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And [Asimov]'ll sign anything, hardbacks, softbacks, other people's books, scraps of paper. Inevitably someone handed him a blank check on the occasion when I was there, and he signed that without as much as a waver to his smile - except that he signed: 'Harlan Ellison. Isaac Asimov
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I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing-to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics-Well, they can do whatever they wish. Isaac Asimov
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Old people think young people haven't learned about love. Young people think old people have forgotten about love. Isaac Asimov
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The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity - a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop. Isaac Asimov
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I even got a letter from a young woman in British Columbia that began as follows: 'Today I am eighteen. I am sitting at the window, looking out at the rain, and thinking how much I love you.' Isaac Asimov
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The important prediction is not the automobile, but the parking problem; not radio, but the soap opera; not the income tax, but the expense account; not the Bomb, but the nuclear stalemate Isaac Asimov
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Tens of millions of Americans who neither know or understand the actual arguments for, or even against, evolution, march in the Army of the Night with their Bibles held high Isaac Asimov
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When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. Isaac Asimov
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During the century after Newton, it was still possible for a man of unusual attainments to master all fields of scientific knowledge. But by 1800, this had become entirely impracticable. Isaac Asimov
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The dangers that face the world can, every one of them, be traced back to science. The salvations that may save the world will, every one of them, be traced back to science. Isaac Asimov
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