Isaac Asimov Quotes & Wallpapers

Isaac Asimov
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Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast. Isaac Asimov

Radiation, unlike smoking, drinking, and overeating, gives no pleasure, so the possible victims object. Isaac Asimov

The greatest weapons in the conquest of knowledge are an understanding mind and the inexorable curiosity that drives it on. Isaac Asimov

Mathematicians deal with large numbers sometimes, but never in their income. Isaac Asimov

There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass. Isaac Asimov

Education isn't something you can finish Isaac Asimov

The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying. Isaac Asimov

As artists and traders in medieval cities began to form organizations, they instituted tough initiation ceremonies. Journeymen in Bergen, Norway, were shoved down a chimney, thrown three times into the sea, and soundly whipped. Such rites made belonging to the guild or corporation more precious to those who were accepted, and survived. Isaac Asimov

Science doesn't purvey absolute truth. Science is a mechanism... for testing your thoughts against the universe. Isaac Asimov

So, then, what is style? There are two chief aspects of any piece of writing: 1) what you say and 2) how you say it. The former is "content" and the latter is "style." Isaac Asimov

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. Isaac Asimov

The fundamental law impressed upon the positronic brains of all robots.... On no conditions is a human being to be injured in any way, even when such injury is directly ordered by another human. Isaac Asimov

make it sound as though a theory is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. Isaac Asimov

For it is the chief characteristic of the religion of science, that it works, and that such curses as that of Aporat's are really deadly. Isaac Asimov

Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history: the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal honor and court etiquette. Isaac Asimov

Is not all this an extraordinary concatenation of coincidence? Pelorat said, If you list it like that- List it any way you please, said Trevize. I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence. Isaac Asimov

Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues. Isaac Asimov

It is better to go to defeat with free will than to live in a meaningless security as a cog in a machine. Isaac Asimov

I've lived most of my life already and I suppose I can argue myself into believing that I have no great cause to love humanity. However, only a few people have hurt me, and if I hurt everyone in return that is unconscionable usury. Isaac Asimov

If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster. Isaac Asimov

The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit. Isaac Asimov

Any planet is 'Earth' to those that live on it. Isaac Asimov

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

The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Isaac Asimov

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. 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. Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov

In a properly automated and educated world, then, machines may prove to be the true humanizing influence. It may be that machines will do the work that makes life possible and that human beings will do all the other things that make life pleasant and worthwhile Isaac Asimov

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

All normal life, Peter, consciously or otherwise, resent domination. If the domination is by an inferior, or by a supposed inferior, the resentment becomes stronger. Isaac Asimov

It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold. Isaac Asimov

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

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. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. Isaac Asimov

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time. Isaac Asimov

Intelligence is a valuable thing, but it is not usually the key to survival. Sheer fecundity ... usually counts. The intelligent gorilla doesn't do as well as the less intelligent but more-fecund rat, which doesn't do as well as the still-less-intelligent but still-more-fecund cockroach, which doesn't do as well as the minimally-intelligent but maximally-fecund bacterium. Isaac Asimov

The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know. Isaac Asimov

I'm gradually managing to cram my mind more and more full of things. I've got this beautiful mind and it's going to die, and it'll all be gone. And then I say, not in my case. Every idea I've ever had I've written down, and it's all there on paper. And I won't be gone; it'll be there. Isaac Asimov

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise-even in their own field. Isaac Asimov

Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think. Isaac Asimov

I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism. Isaac Asimov

I am not responsible for what other people think. I am responsible only for what I myself think, and I know what that is. No idea I've ever come up with has ever struck me as a divine revelation. Nothing I have ever observed leads me to think there is a God watching over me. Isaac Asimov

It seems to me that God is a convenient invention of the human mind Isaac Asimov

All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end. Isaac Asimov

Life is glorious when it is happy; days are carefree when they are happy; the interplay of thought and imagination is far superior to that of muscle and sinew. Isaac Asimov

He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means "I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve". It's easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help. Isaac Asimov

The Master created humans first as the lowest type, most easily formed. Gradually, he replaced them by robots, the next higher step, and finally he created me, to take the place of the last humans. Isaac Asimov

The Three Theorems of Psychohistorical Quantitivity: The population under scrutiny is oblivious to the existence of the science of Psychohistory. The time periods dealt with are in the region of 3 generations. The population must be in the billions (75 billions) for a statistical probability to have a psychohistorical validity. Isaac Asimov

We all know we fall. Newton's discovery was that the moon falls, too-and by the same rule that we do. 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

The energy requirements for interstellar travel are so great that it is inconceivable to me that any creatures piloting their ships across the vast depths of space would do so only in order to play games with us over a period of decades. If they want to make contact, they would make contact; if not, they would save their energy and go elsewhere. Isaac Asimov

Many adults, whether consciously or unconsciously, find it beneath their adult dignity to do anything as childish as read a book, think a thought, or get an idea. Adults are rarely embarrased at having forgotten what little algebra or geography they once learned Isaac Asimov

Until I became a published writer, I remained completely ignorant of books on how to write and courses on the subject ... they would have spoiled my natural style; made me observe caution; would have hedged me with rules. Isaac Asimov

The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world. Isaac Asimov

The world is being Americanized and technologized to its limits, and that makes it dull for some people. Reaching the Moon restores the frontier and gives us the lands beyond. Isaac Asimov

Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without envy. 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

There is no right to deny freedom to any object with a mind advanced enough to grasp the concept and desire the state. -(from "The Bicentennial Man) story) Isaac Asimov

Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true. Isaac Asimov

I would argue that a truly developed country would be beyond Presidents and Kings. In a world with some semblance of equality, each liberal-minded woman, each gay person, and indeed almost every person could be their own President. In a world of equals, what real service does a ruler provide? Isaac Asimov

There's nothing to it. All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. We"re in no way different ourselves... You show me someone who ca' understand people and I"ll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself. Isaac Asimov

Many a prophecy, by the mere force of its being believed, is transmuted to fact. Isaac Asimov

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