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Isaac Asimov quotes (21)
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov Category: Vigilant
(With reference to a correspondent) The young specialist in English Lit ... lectured me severely on the fact that in every century people have thought they understood the Universe at last and in every century they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can say about our modern knowledge is that it is wrong. ... My answer to him was ... when people thought the Earth was flat they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
Isaac Asimov Category: Understand
From my close observation of writers ... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
Isaac Asimov Category: Secret
The most exciting phrase to hear in science the one that heralds the most new discoveries is not Eureka!(I found it!) but hmmm ... That's funny....
Isaac Asimov Category: Funerals
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov Category: Book
I don't believe in an afterlife so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
Isaac Asimov Category: Eternity
(but in rebuttal) When however the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion the distinguished but elderly scientists are then after all probably right.
Isaac Asimov Category: Idea
Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge but as they grow more elaborate scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.
Isaac Asimov Category: Unsorted
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing whats right.
Isaac Asimov Category: Morality
Though science can cause problems it is not by ignorance that we will solve them.
Isaac Asimov Category: If
John Daltons records carefully preserved for a century were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Isaac Asimov Category: War
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. Its the transition thats troublesome.
Isaac Asimov Category: Death
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that once it is competently programmed and working smoothly it is completely honest.
Isaac Asimov Category: Computer
Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldnt look up. Well maybe once.
Isaac Asimov Category: Concentration
One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
Isaac Asimov Category: Religion
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 Category: Change
Self-education is I firmly believe the only kind of education there is.
Isaac Asimov Category: Education
One a robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm; Two a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov Category: Law
If knowledge can create problems it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov Category: Knowledge
It pays to be obvious especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Isaac Asimov Category: Obvious
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. It is better to know even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles and it is mine too.
Isaac Asimov Category: Destiny