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Isaac Asimov
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Words are a pretty fuzzy substitute for mathematical equations. Isaac Asimov
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The Tyranni rule fifty worlds; they are outnumbered hundreds to one. In such a position, simple force is insufficient. Devious methods, intrigue, assassination are their specialties. The net they weave across space is a wide one, and close-meshed. I can well believe that it extends across five hundred light-years to Earth. Isaac Asimov
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If we only obey those rules that we think are just and reasonable, then no rule will stand, for there is no rule that some will not think is unjust and unreasonable. Isaac Asimov
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The whole business is the crudest sort of stratagem, since we have no way of foreseeing it to the end. It is a mere paying out of rope on the chance that somewhere along the length of it will be a noose. Isaac Asimov
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A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Isaac Asimov
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It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word "intuition. Isaac Asimov
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It is the nature of the mind that makes individuals kin, and the differences in the shape, form or manner of the material atoms out of whose intricate relationships that mind is built are altogether trivial. Isaac Asimov
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Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage. Isaac Asimov
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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
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The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware he is wise. Isaac Asimov
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Happiness is doing it rotten your own way. Isaac Asimov
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Night will always be a time of fear and insecurity, and the heart will sink with the sun. Isaac Asimov
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My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job that he isn't worth discussing. Isaac Asimov
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It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research. Isaac Asimov
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However much the creationist leaders might hammer away at their scientific and philosophical points, they would be helpless and a laughing-stock if that were all they had. It is religion that recruits their squadrons. Tens of millions of Americans, who neither know nor understand the actual arguments for - of even against - evolution, march in the army of the night, their Bibles held high. And they are a strong and frightening force, impervious to, and immunized against, the feeble lance of mere reason. Isaac Asimov
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It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. Isaac Asimov
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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. Isaac Asimov
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The appearance of strength is all about you. It would seem to last forever. However... the rotten tree-trunk, until the very moment when the storm-blast breaks it in two, has all the appearance of might it ever had. The storm-blast whistles through the branches of the Empire even now. Listen... and you will hear the creaking. Isaac Asimov
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The intelligent man is never bored. Isaac Asimov
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There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved. Isaac Asimov
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That was the time to begin all-out preparations for war. On the contrary. That was the time to begin all-out prevention of war. Isaac Asimov
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He is energetic only in evading responsibility. Isaac Asimov
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Were I to use the wits the good Spirits gave me, he said, then I would say this lady can not exist-for what sane man would hold a dream to be reality. Yet rather would I not be sane and lend belief to charmed, enchanted eyes. Isaac Asimov
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If you were to insist I was a robot, you might not consider me capable of love in some mystic human sense, but you would not be able to distinguish my reactions from that which you would call love-so what difference would it make? Isaac Asimov
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To Mankind And the hope that the war against folly may someday be won, after all Isaac Asimov
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I type 90 words per minute on the typewriter; I type 100 words per minute on the word processor. But, of course, I don't keep that up indefinitely - every once in a while I do have to think a few seconds. Isaac Asimov
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To all my gentle readers who have treated me with love for over 30 years, I must say farewell. It has always been my ambition to die in harness with my head face down on a keyboard and my nose caught between two of the keys, but that's not the way it worked out. I have had a long and happy life and I have no complaints about the ending, thereof, and so farewell - farewell. Isaac Asimov
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Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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Working ten hour days allows you to fall behind twice as fast as you could working five hour days. Isaac Asimov
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There are so many benefits to be derived from space exploration and exploitation; why not take what seems to me the only chance of escaping what is otherwise the sure destruction of all that humanity has struggled to achieve for 50,000 years? 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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You can't assert an answer just because it's not something else. Isaac Asimov
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Aimless extension of knowledge, however, which is what I think you really mean by the term curiosity, is merely inefficiency. I am designed to avoid inefficiency." -R. Daneel Olivaw Isaac Asimov
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The human mind works at low efficiency. Twenty percent is the figure usually given. When, momentarily, there is a flash of greater power, it is termed a hunch, or insight, or intuition. Isaac Asimov
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At two-tenths the speed of light, dust and atoms might not do significant damage even in a voyage of 40 years, but the faster you go, the worse it is-space begins to become abrasive. When you begin to approach the speed of light, hydrogen atoms become cosmic-ray particles, and they will fry the crew... So 60,000 kilometers per second may be the practical speed limit for space travel. Isaac Asimov
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It's just science fiction so it's allowed to be silly, and childish, and stupid. It's just science fiction, so it doesn't have to make sense. It's just science fiction, so you must ask nothing more of it than loud noises and flashing lights. Isaac Asimov
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Man's greatest asset is the unsettled mind. Isaac Asimov
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All of a sudden, space isn't friendly. All of a sudden, it's a place where people can die. . . . Many more people are going to die. But we can't explore space if the requirement is that there be no casualties; we can't do anything if the requirement is that there be no casualties. Isaac Asimov
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It is change continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. Isaac Asimov
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The first law of dietetics seems to be: if it tastes good, it's bad for you. Isaac Asimov
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When I die I won't go to heaven or hell; there will just be nothingness. Isaac Asimov
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The fundamentalists deny that evolution has taken place; they deny that the earth and the universe as a whole are more than a few thousand years old, and so on. There is ample scientific evidence that the fundamentalists are wrong in these matters, and that their notions of cosmogony have about as much basis in fact as the Tooth Fairy has. Isaac Asimov
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The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit. Isaac Asimov
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Any planet is 'Earth' to those that live on it. Isaac Asimov
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There is no one so insufferable as a person who gives no other excuse for a peculiar action than saying he had been directed to it in a dream. Isaac Asimov
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The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress. Isaac Asimov
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No matter how carefully records are kept and filed and computerized, they grow fuzzy with time. Stories grow by accretion. Tales accumulate-like dust. The longer the time lapse, the dustier the history-until it degenerates into fables. Isaac Asimov
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Speech, originally, was the device whereby Man learned, imperfectly, to transmit the thoughts and emotions of his mind. By setting up arbitrary sounds and combinations of sounds to represent certain mental nuances, he developed a method of communication-but one which in its clumsiness and thick-thumbed inadequacy degenerated all the delicacy of the mind into gross and guttural signaling. Isaac Asimov
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All the suffering that humanity ever knew can be traced to the one fact that no man in the history of the Galaxy ... could really understand one another. Every human being lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed. Isaac Asimov
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I consider violence an uneconomical way of attaining an end. There are always better substitutes, though they may sometimes be a little less direct. Isaac Asimov
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The history of science is full of revolutionary advances that required small insights that anyone might have had, but that, in fact, only one person did. Isaac Asimov
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If you were to insist I was a robot, you might not consider me capable of love in some mystic human sense, but you would not be able to distinguish my reactions from that which you would call love so what difference would it make? Isaac Asimov
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If you suspect that my interest in the Bible is going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain?moving fervor and that I shall suddenly grow long earlocks and learn Hebrew and go about denouncing the heathen you little know the effect of the Bible on me. Properly read, it is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived. Isaac Asimov
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After years of finding mathematics easy, I finally reached integral calculus and came up against a barrier. I realized that this was as far as I could go, and to this day I have never successfully gone beyond it in any but the most superficial way. Isaac Asimov
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University President: Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils, and erasers . . . and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers. Isaac Asimov
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To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well. Isaac Asimov
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Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer. Isaac Asimov
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A chipped pebble is almost part of the hand it never leaves. A thrown spear declares a sort of independence the moment it is released... The whole trend in technology has been to devise machines that are less and less under direct control and more and more seem to have the beginning of a will of their own. Isaac Asimov
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The essential building block is...the true love that is impossible to define for those who have never experienced it and unnecessary to define for those who have. Isaac Asimov
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Mathematicians deal with large numbers sometimes, but never in their income. Isaac Asimov
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I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence. Isaac Asimov
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[O]ur statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov
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Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task - such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping - I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something. Isaac Asimov
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Saying something is 'too bad' is easy. You say you disapprove, which makes you a nice person, and then you can go about your business and not be interested anymore. It's a lot worse than 'too bad.' It's against everything decent and natural. Isaac Asimov
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