Isaac Asimov Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

Happiness is doing it rotten your own way. Isaac Asimov

Old people think young people haven't learned about love. Young people think old people have forgotten about love. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

Working ten hour days allows you to fall behind twice as fast as you could working five hour days. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved. Isaac Asimov

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

He is energetic only in evading responsibility. Isaac Asimov

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

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

To Mankind And the hope that the war against folly may someday be won, after all Isaac Asimov

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

If I am right, then (religious fundamentalists) will not go to Heaven, because there is no Heaven. If they are right, then they will not go to Heaven, because they are hypocrites. Isaac Asimov

I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending. Isaac Asimov

There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save. Isaac Asimov

They don't want equal time - they want all the time there is. Isaac Asimov

This game the Persian Magi did invent, The force of Eastern wisdom to express: From thence to busy Europeans sent, And styled by modern Lombards pensive chess. Isaac Asimov

The downtrodden are more religious than the satisfied. Isaac Asimov

Words are a pretty fuzzy substitute for mathematical equations. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word "intuition. Isaac Asimov

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

Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage. Isaac Asimov

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

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. Isaac Asimov

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

It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research. Isaac Asimov

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

You can't assert an answer just because it's not something else. Isaac Asimov

Man's greatest asset is the unsettled mind. Isaac Asimov

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

It is change continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. Isaac Asimov

The first law of dietetics seems to be: if it tastes good, it's bad for you. Isaac Asimov

When I die I won't go to heaven or hell; there will just be nothingness. Isaac Asimov

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

No one can possibly have lived through the Great Depression without being scarred by it. No amount of experience since the depression can convince someone who has lived through it that the world is safe economically. Isaac Asimov

[O]ur statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well. Isaac Asimov

Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer. Isaac Asimov

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

If I had felt then as I feel now, or as I felt a few years after I had married her, nothing could possibly have persuaded me to marry a woman who smoked. Dates, yes. Sexual adventures, yes. But to pin myself permanently inside closed quarters with a smoker? Never. Never. Never. Beauty wouldn't count, sweetness wouldn't count, suitability in every other respect wouldn't count. Isaac Asimov

With both people and computers on the job, computer error can be more quickly tracked down and corrected by people and, conversely, human error can be more quickly corrected by computers. What it amounts to is that nothing serious can happen unless human error and computer error take place simultaneously. And that hardly ever happens. Isaac Asimov

It is in meeting the great tests that mankind can most successfully rise to great heights. Out of danger and restless insecurity comes the force that pushes mankind to newer and loftier conquests. Isaac Asimov

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

I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence. Isaac Asimov

I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing - to be clear. Isaac Asimov

Self-education is a continuing source of pleasure to me, for the more I know, the fuller my life is and the better I appreciate my own existence Isaac Asimov

Plate glass... has no beauty of its own. Ideally, you ought not to be able to see it at all, but through it you can see all that is happening outside. That is the equivalent of writing that is plain and unadorned. Ideally, in reading such writing, you are not even aware that you are reading. Ideas and events seem merely to flow from the mind of the writer into that of the reader without any barrier between. I hope that is what is happening when you read this book Isaac Asimov

What do you call that nice, shiny white metal they use to make sidings and airplanes out of? Aluminum, right? Aluminum, pronounced 'uh-LOO-mih-num', right? Anybody knows that! But do you know how the British spell it? 'Aluminium', pronounced 'Al-yoo-MIH-nee-um'. Ever hear anything so ridiculous? The French and Germans spell it 'aluminium', too, but they're foreigners who don't speak Earth-standard. You'd think the British, however, using our language, would be more careful Isaac Asimov

Scientists expect to be improved on and corrected; they hope to be Isaac Asimov

Oh, for a pin that would puncture pretension! Isaac Asimov

When I feel difficulty coming on, I switch to another book I'm writing. When I get back to the problem, my unconscious has solved it. Isaac Asimov

The law of conservation of energy tells us we can't get something for nothing, but we refuse to believe it. Isaac Asimov

To bring about destruction by overcrowding, mass starvation, anarchy, the destruction of our most cherished values, there is no need to do anything. We need only do nothing except what comes naturally, and breed. And how easy it is to do nothing Isaac Asimov



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