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Isaac Asimov
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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
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It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold. Isaac Asimov
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People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Isaac Asimov
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The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. Isaac Asimov
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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
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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. 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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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
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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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Education isn't something you can finish Isaac Asimov
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The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit. Isaac Asimov
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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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make it sound as though a theory is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster. Isaac Asimov
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The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying. Isaac Asimov
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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
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Science doesn't purvey absolute truth. Science is a mechanism... for testing your thoughts against the universe. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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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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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I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence. Isaac Asimov
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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
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All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end. Isaac Asimov
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Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true. 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. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without envy. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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Writing is my only interest. Even speaking is an interruption. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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I stand four-square for reason, and object to what seems to me to be irrationality, whatever the source. If you are on my side in this, I must warn you that the army of the night has the advantage of overwhelming numbers, and, by its very nature, is immune to reason, so that it is entirely unlikely that you and I can win out. We will always remain a tiny and probably hopeless minority, but let us never tire of presenting our view, and of fighting the good fight for the right. Isaac Asimov
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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
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All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men. Isaac Asimov
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[A]ll knowledge is one. When a light brightens and illuminates a corner of a room, it adds to the general illumination of the entire room. Over and over again, scientific discoveries have provided answers to problems that had no apparent connection with the phenomena that gave rise to the discovery. Isaac Asimov
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One might accept death reasoningly, with every aspect of the conscious mind, but the body was a brute beast that knew nothing of reason. Isaac Asimov
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They won't listen. Do you know why? Because they have certain fixed notions about the past. Any change would be blasphemy in their eyes, even if it were the truth. They don't want the truth; they want their traditions. Isaac Asimov
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Past glories are poor feeding. Isaac Asimov
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