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

— Isaac Asimov

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

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

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In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.

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Isaac Asimov quote Writing, to me, is simply thinking throu

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Isaac Asimov quote Education isn't something you can finish

Education isn't something you can finish.

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

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

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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

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Isaac Asimov quote Violence is the last refuge of the incom

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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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.

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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...'

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

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Isaac Asimov quote Anti-intellectualism has been a constant

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.

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About Isaac Asimov

Quotes 428 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.

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The intelligent man is never bored.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.

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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.

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The cure for advanced gullibility is to go to sleep and consider matters again the next day.

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Democracy cannot survive overpopulation.

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My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job that he isn't worth discussing.

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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.

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The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress.

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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.

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Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer.

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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.

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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.

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I want to be a human being, nothing more and nothing less.

... I don't suppose we can ever stop hating each other, but why encourage that by keeping the old labels with their ready-made history of millennial hate?

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

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

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

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There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

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It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time.

People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?

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The tyranny that now exists is actual.

That which may exist in the future is potential. If we are always to draw back from change with the thought that the change may be for the worse, then there is no hope at all of ever escaping injustice.

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It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.

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You don't need to predict the future.

Just choose a future -- a good future, a useful future -- and make the kind of prediction that will alter human emotions and reactions in such a way that the future you predicted will be brought about. Better to make a good future than predict a bad one.

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