Isaac Asimov Quotes

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Born: January 2, 1920, Petrovichi, Klimovichi, Gomel Governorate, RSFSR [now Smolensk Oblast, Russia]
Birth Country: Russia
Died: New York City, New York, USA, April 6, 1992
Occupation: Author

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

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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

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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.
- Isaac Asimov

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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov

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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.
- Isaac Asimov

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

10.
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.
- 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.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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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.
- Isaac Asimov

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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.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov

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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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Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
- 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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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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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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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

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