41 Famous Quotes by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry who is best known for his science fiction writing. He was a prolific writer, and his works explored a wide range of topics, from robotics and artificial intelligence to history and literature. Asimov's legacy as a writer and thinker continues to inspire people around the world, and his work has had a profound impact on the development of science fiction and popular culture. (Isaac Asimov Biography).

Isaac Asimov Famous Quotes

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

2. "There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere."

3. "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

4. "Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition."

5. "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

6. "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right."

7. "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."

8. "The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing."

9. "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."

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10. "Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."

11. "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

12. "Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."

13. "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."

14. "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."

15. "And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning."

16. "It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety."

17. "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers."

18. "I don't expect to live forever, but I do intend to hang on as long as possible."

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19. "I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."

20. "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."

21. "It is not only the living who are killed in war."

22. "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."

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

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

25. "Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."

26. "If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."

27. "Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."

28. "To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult."

29. "I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die."

30. "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."

31. "A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value."

32. "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."

33. "It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics."

34. "To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today."

35. "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."

36. "Dalton's 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."

37. "I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander."

38. "John Dalton's 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."

39. "Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world."

40. "I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books."

41. "He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men."

― Isaac Asimov Quotes

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