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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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The greatest weapons in the conquest of knowledge are an understanding mind and the inexorable curiosity that drives it on. 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
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Radiation, unlike smoking, drinking, and overeating, gives no pleasure, so the possible victims object. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true. Isaac Asimov
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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
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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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We all know we fall. Newton's discovery was that the moon falls, too-and by the same rule that we do. 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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All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end. Isaac Asimov
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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
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When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. Isaac Asimov
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Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world. 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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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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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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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
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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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Writing is my only interest. Even speaking is an interruption. 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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