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American science fiction writer (b. 1920), Death: 6-4-1992 Isaac Asimov Quotes
1.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov

'Individuals who believe they possess all knowledge are an immense irritation to those of us with actual understanding.'
2.
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."
Isaac Asimov

3.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov

4.
When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.
Isaac Asimov

When foolishness is deemed loyalty, it is hazardous to be wise.
5.
So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe.
Isaac Asimov

'It appears your conception of the cosmos is not quite accurate. You ought to reconsider your convictions then. As you can't modify the universe.'
Similar Authors: Ray Bradbury Robert A. Heinlein Arthur C. Clarke
6.
In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
Isaac Asimov

In life, unlike chess, the game goes on after checkmate is declared.
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People think of education as something that they can finish.
Isaac Asimov

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Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies.
Isaac Asimov

Quote Topics by Isaac Asimov: Science Thinking Writing Men People Believe Ignorance Book Mind Life Way Atheist World Knowledge Past May Robots Two Law Humanity Funny Wise Long Fiction Inspirational Real Light Fall Dream Mean
9.
There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.
Isaac Asimov

10.
A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Isaac Asimov

11.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

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A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov

13.
While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream.
Isaac Asimov

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Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Isaac Asimov

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It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov

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

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I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
Isaac Asimov

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

19.
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

20.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Isaac Asimov

21.
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

22.
Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
Isaac Asimov

23.
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Isaac Asimov

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Uncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don't know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
Isaac Asimov

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Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.
Isaac Asimov

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The Three Laws of Robotics: 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law; The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
Isaac Asimov

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All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else.
Isaac Asimov

28.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Isaac Asimov

29.
The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.
Isaac Asimov

30.
Congratulations on the new library, because it isn't just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you-and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.
Isaac Asimov

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Since emotions are few and reasons are many (said the robot Giscard) the behavior of a crowd can be more easily predicted than the behavior of one person.
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I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
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The intelligent man is never bored.
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34.
If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
Isaac Asimov

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Increasingly, our leaders must deal with dangers that threaten the entire world, where an understanding of those dangers and the possible solutions depends on a good grasp of science. The ozone layer, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, questions of diet and heredity. All require scientific literacy. Can Americans choose the proper leaders and support the proper programs if they themselves are scientifically illiterate? The whole premise of democracy is that it is safe to leave important questions to the court of public opinion - but is it safe to leave them to the court of public ignorance?
Isaac Asimov

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There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.
Isaac Asimov

37.
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.
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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 wish that I could say I was optimistic about the human race. I love us all, but we are so stupid and shortsighted that I wonder if we can lift our eyes to the world about us long enough not to commit suicide.
Isaac Asimov

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Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.
Isaac Asimov

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Isn't it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us - and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run.
Isaac Asimov

42.
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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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.
Isaac Asimov

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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.
Isaac Asimov

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To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.
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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The greatest weapons in the conquest of knowledge are an understanding mind and the inexorable curiosity that drives it on.
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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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If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov

50.
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