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Isaac Asimov
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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

Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket. Isaac Asimov

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world. Isaac Asimov

To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge. Isaac Asimov

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

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

The greatest inventors are unknown to us. Someone invented the wheel - but who? Isaac Asimov

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

... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans. Isaac Asimov

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. Isaac Asimov

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

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

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. Isaac Asimov

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

The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists. Isaac Asimov

If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a poor atom blaster that won't point both ways. Isaac Asimov

I don't like anything that's got to be. I want to know why. Isaac Asimov

...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

Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny... Isaac Asimov

In life, people will take you at your own reckoning. Isaac Asimov

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

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

There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer. Isaac Asimov

That's the harm of Close Encounters: that it convinces tens of millions that that's what just science fiction is. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

He believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don't believe in it at all. Isaac Asimov

We abandoned the appearance of power to preserve the essence of it. Isaac Asimov

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

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

When asked what he would do if he only had six months to live: Type faster. Isaac Asimov

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

There is no more desire to live past one's time than to die before it. Isaac Asimov

Love life seems to be that factor which requires the largest quantity of magical tinkering. Isaac Asimov

The closer to the truth, the better the lie, and the truth itself, when it can be used, is the best lie. Isaac Asimov

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

The spell of power never quite releases its hold. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

It's your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

It is not only the living who are killed in war. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests. Isaac Asimov

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

Night will always be a time of fear and insecurity, and the heart will sink with the sun. Isaac Asimov

I have never, in all my life, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find totally satisfying. I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so. Isaac Asimov

The intelligent man is never bored. Isaac Asimov

Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty. Isaac Asimov



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