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1. “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.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

2. “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.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Roving Mind

3. “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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Author : Isaac Asimov

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

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

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Author : Isaac Asimov

6. “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

7. “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 one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

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

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Author : Isaac Asimov

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

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

10. “A number of years ago, when I was a freshly-appointed instructor, I met, for the first time, a certain eminent historian of science. At the time I could only regard him with tolerant condescension.I was sorry of the man who, it seemed to me, was forced to hover about the edges of science. He was compelled to shiver endlessly in the outskirts, getting only feeble warmth from the distant sun of science- in-progress; while I, just beginning my research, was bathed in the heady liquid heat up at the very center of the glow.In a lifetime of being wrong at many a point, I was never more wrong. It was I, not he, who was wandering in the periphery. It was he, not I, who lived in the blaze.I had fallen victim to the fallacy of the 'growing edge;' the belief that only the very frontier of scientific advance counted; that everything that had been left behind by that advance was faded and dead.But is that true? Because a tree in spring buds and comes greenly into leaf, are those leaves therefore the tree? If the newborn twigs and their leaves were all that existed, they would form a vague halo of green suspended in mid-air, but surely that is not the tree. The leaves, by themselves, are no more than trivial fluttering decoration. It is the trunk and limbs that give the tree its grandeur and the leaves themselves their meaning.There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. 'If I have seen further than other men,' said Isaac Newton, 'it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Adding a Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science

11. “Don't you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don't you believe in telepathy? — in ancient astronauts? — in the Bermuda triangle? — in life after death?No, I reply. No, no, no, no, and again no.One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out "Don't you believe in anything?"Yes", I said. "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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Author : Isaac Asimov

12. “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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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Roving Mind

13. “A circle has no end.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Second Foundation

14. “I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

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

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16. “Imagine that. Terrible, terrible, the way we have all bent to the yoke; the affection we have for the harness about us.”

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17. “The Foundation has secrets. They have books, old books - so old that the language they are in is only known to a few of the top men. But the secrets are shrouded in ritual and religion, and may use them.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

18. “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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19. “..."You wash your hands, don't you?"Bayley's eyes dropped to his hands. They were as clean as need be. "Yes," he said."All right. I suppose it's a measure of instability to feel such revulsion at dirty hands as to be unable to clean an oily mechanism by hand even in a emergency. Still, in the ordinary course of living, the revulsion keeps you clean, which is good.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Naked Sun

20. “I would argue that a truly developed country would be beyond Presidents and Kings. In a world with some semblance of equality, each liberal-minded woman, each gay person, and indeed almost every person could be their own President. In a world of equals, what real service does a ruler provide?”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

21. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

22. “If I had felt then as I feel now, or as I felt a few years after I had married her, nothing could possibly have persuaded me to marry a woman who smoked. Dates, yes. Sexual adventures, yes. But to pin myself permanently inside closed quarters with a smoker? Never. Never. Never. Beauty wouldn't count, sweetness wouldn't count, suitability in every other respect wouldn't count.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

23. “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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24. “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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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

25. “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.[Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

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

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27. “Having reached 451 books as of now doesn't help the situation. If I were to be dying now, I would be murmuring, "Too bad! Only four hundred fifty-one." (Those would be my next-to-last words. The last ones will be: "I love you, Janet.") [They were. -Janet.]”

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Source : I. Asimov

28. “I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.”

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29. “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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30. “Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, "I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn't that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

31. “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.”

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32. “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.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

33. “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”

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34. “History was interesting to the extent that it was catastrophic and, while that might make absorbing viewing, it made horrible living.”

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35. “A knotty puzzle may hold a scientist up for a century, when it may be that a colleague has the solution already and is not even aware of the puzzle that it might solve.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Robots of Dawn

36. “During the century after Newton, it was still possible for a man of unusual attainments to master all fields of scientific knowledge. But by 1800, this had become entirely impracticable.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science

37. “Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task -- such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping -- I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something.”

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

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

39. “Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.”

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Source : Foundation

40. “Aimless extension of knowledge, however, which is what I think you really mean by the term curiosity, is merely inefficiency. I am designed to avoid inefficiency.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

41. “-Vuoi essere libero Andrew? Ti importa molto esserlo?Andrew disse: -Vorreste essere schiavo, vostro onore?-Ma tu non sei schiavo. Tu sei un ottimo robot, un genio nel tuo campo, a quanto ho sentito, capace di creazioni artistiche che non hanno uguali. Cosa potresti fare di più se fossi libero?Forse niente, vostro onore, ma tutto quello che farei lo farei con maggiore gioia. In quest'aula ho sentito dire che solo un essere umano può essere libero. A me pare invece che chiunque lo desideri dovrebbe poter essere libero. E io voglio la libertà.”

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42. “I am not impressed by ancestry, since if I could trace my origins to Judas Maccabeus or to King David, that would not add one inch to my stature, either physically, mentally or ethically. What's more, what about all my other ancestors? There must have been uncounted thousands of human beings in the century of King David, all of whom in some small way contributed to my production, and every one of them but King David might have been criminals and drunkards for all I know. (Nor was King David himself entirely unremarkable for his ethical standards.)”

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43. “I am frequently asked if I have visited Israel, whereas yet, it is simply assumed that I have. Well, I don’t travel. I really don’t, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t visit Israel. I remember how it was in 1948 when Israel was being established and all my Jewish friends were ecstatic, I was not. I said: what are we doing? We are establishing ourselves in a ghetto, in a small corner of a vast Muslim sea. The Muslims will never forget nor forgive, and Israel, as long as it exists, will be embattled. I was laughed at, but I was right. I can’t help but feel that the Jews didn’t really have the right to appropriate a territory only because 2000 years ago, people they consider their ancestors, were living there. History moves on and you can’t really turn it back. (#92 ff.)”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Asimov Laughs Again: More Than 700 Jokes, Limericks and Anecdotes

44. “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.”

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45. “In Hamilton's The Universe Wreckers... it was in that novel that, for the first time, I learned Neptune had a satellite named Triton... It was from The Drums of Tapajos that I first learned there was a Mato Grosso area in the Amazon basin. It was from The Black Star Passes and other stories by John W. Campbell that I first heard of relativity.The pleasure of reading about such things in the dramatic and fascinating form of science fiction gave me a push toward science that was irresistible. It was science fiction that made me want to be a scientist strongly enough to eventually make me one.That is not to say that science fiction stories can be completely trusted as a source of specific knowledge... However, the misguidings of science fiction can be unlearned. Sometimes the unlearning process is not easy, but it is a low price to pay for the gift of fascination over science.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s

46. “Life would be impossible on such a planet. It wouldn't get enough heat and light, and if it rotated there would be total darkness half of every day. There wouldn't be any native inhabitants. You couldn't expect life---which is fundamentally dependent on light---to develop under such extreme conditions of light deprivation. Half of every axial rotation spent in Darkness! No, nothing could exist under conditions like that.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Nightfall

47. “...We now know the basic rules governing the universe, together with the gravitational interrelationships of its gross components, as shown in the theory of relativity worked out between 1905 and 1916. We also know the basic rules governing the subatomic particles and their interrelationships, since these are very neatly described by the quantum theory worked out between 1900 and 1930. What's more, we have found that the galaxies and clusters of galaxies are the basic units of the physical universe, as discovered between 1920 and 1930....The young specialist in English Lit, having quoted me, went on to lecture 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.The basic trouble, you see, is that people think that 'right' and 'wrong' are absolute; that everything that isn't perfectly and completely right is totally and equally wrong.However, I don't think that's so. It seems to me that right and wrong are fuzzy concepts, and I will devote this essay to an explanation of why I think so.When my friend the English literature expert tells me that in every century scientists think they have worked out the universe and are always wrong, what I want to know is how wrong are they? Are they always wrong to the same degree?”

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48. “The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

49. “The troubles of modern life come from being divorced from nature.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

50. “Goodbye, Hari, my love. Remember always--all you did for me.”            -I did nothing for you.”            -You loved me and your love made me--human.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Forward the Foundation

51. “All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Second Foundation

52. “violence is the last resource of incompetence”

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53. “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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54. “Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty?”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Earth

55. “Civilizations have always been pyramidal in structure. As one climbs toward the apex of the social edifice, there is increased leisure and increasing opportunity to pursue hapiness. As one climbs, one finds also fewer and fewer people to enjoy this more and more. Invariably, there is a preponderance of the dispossessed. And remember this, no matter how well off the bottom layers of the pyramid might be on an absolute scale, they are always dispossessed in comparison with the apex.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Naked Sun

56. “How then to enforce peace? Not by reason, certainly, nor by education. If a man could not look at the fact of peace and the fact of war and choose the former in preference to the latter, what additional argument could persuade him? What could be more eloquent as a condemnation of war than war itself?”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Currents of Space

57. “You see, proteins, as I probably needn't tell you, are immensely complicated groupings of amino acids and certain other specialized compounds, arranged in intricate three-dimensional patterns that are as unstable as sunbeams on a cloudy day. It is this instability that is life, since it is forever changing its position in an effort to maintain its identity--in the manner of a long rod balanced on an acrobat's nose.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

58. “I have never, in all my life, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find totally satisfying. I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

59. “A couple of months ago I had a dream, which I remember with the utmost clarity. (I don't usually remember my dreams.) I dreamed I had died and gone to Heaven. I looked about and knew where I was-green fields, fleecy clouds, perfumed air, and the distant, ravishing sound of the heavenly choir. And there was the recording angel smiling broadly at me in greeting. I said, in wonder, "Is this Heaven?" The recording angel said, "It is." I said (and on waking and remembering, I was proud of my integrity), "But there must be a mistake. I don't belong here. I'm an atheist." "No mistake," said the recording angel. "But as an atheist how can I qualify?" The recording angel said sternly, "We decide who qualifies. Not you." "I see," I said. I looked about, pondered for a moment, then turned to the recording angel and asked, "Is there a typewriter here that I can use?" The significance of the dream was clear to me. I felt Heaven to be the act of writing, and I have been in Heaven for over half a century and I have always known this.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

60. “He didn’t believe that, surely.” “Of course not! But he had to pretend he did, as otherwise he would have had no choice but to be insulted. And since there would be nothing he could do about that, being insulted would only lead to humiliation. And since he didn’t want that, the simplest path to follow was to believe what I said.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation's Edge

61. “A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

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62. “To him, a stilted geometric love of arrangement was “system,” and indefatigable and feverish interest in the pettiest facets of day-to-day bureaucracy was “industry”, indecision when right was “caution”, and blind stubbornness when wrong, “determination.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

63. “Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare ‘automeals,’ heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be ‘ordered’ the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning. Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth, including the weather stations in Antarctica. [M]en will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better. By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use. Ceilings and walls will glow softly, and in a variety of colors that will change at the touch of a push button. Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. The appliances of 2014 will have no electric cords, of course, for they will be powered by long- lived batteries running on radioisotopes.“[H]ighways … in the more advanced sections of the world will have passed their peak in 2014; there will be increasing emphasis on transportation that makes the least possible contact with the surface. There will be aircraft, of course, but even ground travel will increasingly take to the air a foot or two off the ground. [V]ehicles with ‘Robot-brains’ … can be set for particular destinations … that will then proceed there without interference by the slow reflexes of a human driver. [W]all screens will have replaced the ordinary set; but transparent cubes will be making their appearance in which three-dimensional viewing will be possible. [T]he world population will be 6,500,000,000 and the population of the United States will be 350,000,000. All earth will be a single choked Manhattan by A.D. 2450 and society will collapse long before that!There will, therefore, be a worldwide propaganda drive in favor of birth control by rational and humane methods and, by 2014, it will undoubtedly have taken serious effect. Ordinary agriculture will keep up with great difficulty and there will be ‘farms’ turning to the more efficient micro-organisms. Processed yeast and algae products will be available in a variety of flavors. The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Schools will have to be oriented in this direction…. All the high-school students will be taught the fundamentals of computer technology will become proficient in binary arithmetic and will be trained to perfection in the use of the computer languages that will have developed out of those like the contemporary “Fortran". [M]ankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. [T]he most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work! in our a society of enforced leisure.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

64. “You mean that this is a matter of patriotism and traders aren't patriotic?""Notoriously not. Pioneers never are.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

65. “When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.”

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66. “There's so much knowledge to be had that specialists cling to their specialties as a shield against having to know anything about anything else. They avoid being drowned.”

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67. “What lasts in the reader’s mind is not the phrase but the effect the phrase created: laughter, tears, pain, joy. If the phrase is not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse.”

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68. “The fact of the matter is that young men lack skill and experience and are very likely to approach a girl as though she were a sack of wheat. It is the old man—suave, debonair, maturely charming—who knows exactly what to do and how to do it, and is therefore better at it.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Sensuous Dirty Old Man

69. “We must not be taken in by the myth of youth, the unending propaganda to the effect that young men are younger than old men; that they are better looking; that they are slimmer, stronger and more athletic; that they can hold a girl in more romantic fashion and speak more sweetly.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Sensuous Dirty Old Man

70. “Today, what people call learning is forced on you. Everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class. But everyone is different. For some, class goes too fast, for some too slow, for some in the wrong direction. But give everyone a chance, in addition to school, to follow up their own bent from the start, to find out about whatever they’re interested in by looking it up in their own homes, at their own speed, in their own time, and everyone will enjoy learning.”

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71. “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.”

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72. “Innumerable surveys have made it quite clear that when a respectable elderly man makes up to a giggling young lady, it is not the giggling young lady so accosted that is offended by the action, but rather the granite-faced dowager, standing unnoticed by her side, who is. It is she who makes derogatory remarks concerning dirty old men, and is quite likely to attack him with an umbrella.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Sensuous Dirty Old Man

73. “Some readers may realize that this story, first published in 1956, has been overtaken by events. In 1965, astronomers discovered that Mercury does not keep one side always to the Sun, but has a period of rotation of about fifty-four days, so that all parts of it are exposed to the sunlight at one time or another.Well, what can I do except say that I wish astronomers would get things right to begin with?And I certainly refuse to change the story to suit their whims.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Best of Isaac Asimov

74. “In fact, once when I imprinted on a young lady’s lips a chaste and fatherly kiss for about five minutes, I stopped and said, sorrowfully, “Wouldn’t you rather be kissed by a twenty-one-year-old boy?”She frowned and said, “Of course not. If you’d ever been kissed by a twenty-one-year-old boy you’d know better than to ask.”Remember that. In any direct competition, the old man is bound to win and the young man knows it.”

Tags : Age Difference Isaac Asimov The Sensuous Dirty Old Man
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Sensuous Dirty Old Man

75. “Fakat artık dünyanın ne olduğunu biliyordu: Özgürlüğün sınırsızlığıyla kuşatılmış bir hapishane..”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

76. “...I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so. Mind you, this isn’t easy. We are so surrounded by tales of the supernatural, by the thunders of the powers to be who attempt with all their might to convince us of the existence of the supernatural, that the strongest among us may feel himself swaying.Something like that happened to me recently. In January 1990, I was lying in a hospital bed one afternoon and my dear wife, Janet, was not with me, but had gone home for a few hours to take care of some necessary chores. I was sleeping, and a finger jabbed at me. I woke, of course, and looked blearily to see who had awakened me and for what purpose.My room, however, had a lock, and the lock was firmly closed and there was a chain across the door too. Sunlight filled the room and it was clearly empty. So were the closet and the bathroom. Rationalist though I am, there was no way in which I could refrain from thinking that some supernatural influence had interfered to tell me that something had happened to Janet (naturally, my ultimate fear). I hesitated for a moment, trying to fight it off, and for anyone but Janet I would have. So I phoned her at home. She answered immediately and said she was perfectly well.Relieved, I hung up the phone and settled down to consider the problem of who or what had poked me. Was it simply a dream, a sensory hallucination? Perhaps, but it had seemed absolutely real. I considered.When I sleep alone, I often wrap myself up in my own arms. I also know that when I am sleeping lightly, my muscles twitch. I assumed my sleeping position and imagined my muscles twitching. It was clear that my own finger had poked into my shoulder and that was it.Now suppose that at the precise moment I had poked myself, Janet, through some utterly meaningless coincidence, had tripped and skinned her knee. And suppose I had called and she had groaned and said, "I just hurt myself".Would I have been able to resist the thought of supernatural interference? I hope so. However, I can't be sure. It's the world we live in. It would corrupt the strongest, and I don't imagine I'm in the strongest.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Isaac Asimov Reason Supernatural
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

77. “Well, sir to say that when the impossible has been eliminated, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth, is to make the assumption, usually justified, that everything that is to be considered has indeed been considered. Let us suppose we have considered ten factors. Nine are clearly impossible. Is the tenth, however improbable, therefore true? What if there were an eleventh factor, and a twelfth, & a thirteenth...”

Tags : Crime Isaac Asimov Mystery
Author : Isaac Asimov

78. “that even the most casual of compliments can be given that extra little touch that women adore.”

Tags : Isaac Asimov The Sensuous Dirty Old Man
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Sensuous Dirty Old Man

79. “The machines do not solve problems with greater insight than men do, only faster. Only faster!”

Tags : Isaac Asimov The End Of Eternity
Author : Isaac Asimov

80. “Is everything normal now?” “Well he hasn’t got religious mania, and he isn’t running around in a circlespouting Gilbert and Sullivan, so I suppose he’s normal.” (45)”

Tags : I Robot Isaac Asimov Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov

81. “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.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

82. “Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

83. “The young specialist in English Lit, having quoted me, went on to lecture 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.The young man then quoted with approval what Socrates had said on learning that the Delphic oracle had proclaimed him the wisest man in Greece. 'If I am the wisest man,' said Socrates, 'it is because I alone know that I know nothing.' The implication was that I was very foolish because I was under the impression I knew a great deal.Alas, none of this was new to me. (There is very little that is new to me; I wish my correspondents would realize this.) This particular theme was addressed to me a quarter of a century ago by John Campbell, who specialized in irritating me. He also told me that all theories are proven wrong in time.My answer to him was, 'John, 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.”

Tags : Ancient Greece Earth Flat Earth Greece Ignorance Knowledge Relativity Science Scientific Theory Socrates Theory Understanding Universe Wisdom Wrong
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Relativity of Wrong

84. “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.”

Tags : Human Nature
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Secret of the Universe

85. “Scientist are human. Unraveling the knots of Nature's mysteries is a reward in itself; but even so, scientists like to hear the applause of the audience”

Tags : Human Nature Science
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Tyrannosaurus Prescription and 100 Other Essays

86. “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.”

Tags : Laws Of Robotics Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

87. “... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.”

Tags : Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

88. “It is a mistake,” he said, “to suppose that the public wants the environment protected or their lives saved and that they will be grateful to any idealist who will fight for such ends. What the public wants is their own individual comfort.”

Tags : Environmental Values Hedonism Human Nature Lost Values Needs And Wants Prophetic Self Injurious Behaviors Social Satire Predictability The Way The World Works Truth Wisdom
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Gods Themselves

89. “One might accept death reasoningly, with every aspect of the conscious mind, but the body was a brute beast that knew nothing of reason.”

Tags : Survival
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

90. “The Imperial forces must keep their hands off, but they find that they can do much even so. Each sector is encouraged to be suspicious of its neighbors. Within each sector, economic and social classes are encouraged to wage a kind of war with each other. The result is that all over Trantor it is impossible for the people to take united action. Everywhere, the people would rather fight each other than make a common stand against the central tyranny and the Empire rules without having to exert force.”

Tags : Imperialism Politics Revolution
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Prelude to Foundation

91. “The thanks of a weak one are but of little value," he muttered, "but you have them, for truly, in this past week, little but scraps have come my way- and for all my body is small, yet is my appetite unseemly great.”

Tags : Appetite Appreciation Magnifico Thankfulness Thanks
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

92. “Yet he had expended much of an inquisitive nature upon random reading. By the sheer force of indiscriminate voracity, he had gleaned a smattering of practically everything, and by means of a trick memory had managed to keep it all straight.”

Tags : Self Learning
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

93. “Any planet is 'Earth' to those that live on it.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

94. “All evil is good become cancerous.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

95. “It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred!”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

96. “All right, Schwartz, tackle my mind now. Go as deep as you want. I was born on Baronn in the Sirius Sector. I lived my life in an atmosphere of anti-Terrestrialism in the formative years, so I can't help what flaws and follies lie at the roots of my subconscious. But look on the surface and tell me if, in my adult years, I have not fought bigotry in myself. Not in others; that would be easy. But in myself, and as hard as I could.”

Tags : Racism
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

97. “The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity—a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.”

Tags : Government Corruption Prophetic
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

98. “Weak emperors mean strong viceroys. ”

Tags : Government
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

99. “To [the government] it didn't matter what happened to the American people as long as america in the abstract was kept strong.”

Tags : America Government
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Secret of the Universe

100. “And his idea of solid comfort was to be left in utter solitude for two or three hours.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

101. “Clarke's First Law - Corollary: 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.”

Tags : Arthur C Clarke Arthur Charles Clarke Clarke Humor Robotics Sci Fi Science Scientists
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright

102. “Carbon is the basis of human life and iron of robot life. It becomes easy to speak of C/Fe when you wish express a culture that combines the best of the two on an equal but parallel basis.”

Tags : Robotics
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

103. “Mr Baley", said Quemot, "you can't treat human emotions as though they were built about a positronic brain"."I'm not saying you can. Robotics is a deductive science and sociology an inductive one. But mathematics can be made to apply in either case.”

Tags : Mathematics Robotics Science Fiction Sociology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Naked Sun

104. “Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.”

Tags : Robotics
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

105. “Any technological advance can be dangerous. Fire was dangerous from the start, and so (even more so) was speech - and both are still dangerous to this day - but human beings would not be human without them.”

Tags : Fire Prometheus Speech Technological Evolution Technology
Author : Isaac Asimov

106. “I grow grandiose, which is a good sign I should become prosaic.”

Tags : Communication Talkative Talkatives
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Robots of Dawn

107. “In a properly automated and educated world, then, machines may prove to be the true humanizing influence. It may be that machines will do the work that makes life possible and that human beings will do all the other things that make life pleasant and worthwhile ”

Tags : Education Liberal Arts Machines
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robot Visions

108. “And [Asimov]'ll sign anything, hardbacks, softbacks, other people's books, scraps of paper. Inevitably someone handed him a blank check on the occasion when I was there, and he signed that without as much as a waver to his smile — except that he signed: 'Harlan Ellison.”

Tags : Autograph Convention Fame Science Fiction Self Referential
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Murder at the ABA

109. “Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.”

Tags : Philosophy Science
Author : Isaac Asimov

110. “... Öğrenmek demek ufkunuzu genişletmek, daha fazla şey yaşamak ve kendinize farklı yaşam alanları yaratmak demektir. ... Bilgi yalnızca güç değildir; bilgi mutluluktur ve bilginin size öğretilmesi ise entelektüel manada, sevilmekle eşdeğerdir.”

Tags : Knowledge Knowledge Power
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : It's Been a Good Life

111. “And just how did you arrive at that remarkable conclusion, Mr. Mayor?""In a rather simple way. It merely required the use of that much-neglected commodity -- common sense. You see, there is a branch of human knowledge known as symbolic logic, which can be used to prune away all sorts of clogging deadwood that clutters up human language.""What about it?" said Fulham."I applied it. Among other things, I applied it to this document here. I didn't really need to for myself because I knew what it was all about, but I think I can explain it more easily to five physical scientists by symbols rather than by words."Hardin removed a few sheets of paper from the pad under his arm and spread them out. "I didn't do this myself, by the way," he said. "Muller Holk of the Division of Logic has his name signed to the analyses, as you can see."Pirenne leaned over the table to get a better view and Hardin continued: "The message from Anacreon was a simple problem, naturally, for the men who wrote it were men of action rather than men of words. It boils down easily and straightforwardly to the unqualified statement, when in symbols is what you see, and which in words, roughly translated is, 'You give us what we want in a week, or we take it by force.'"There was silence as the five members of the Board ran down the line of symbols, and then Pirenne sat down and coughed uneasily.Hardin said, "No loophole, is there, Dr. Pirenne?""Doesn't seem to be.”

Tags : Humor Sarcasm Humor Science
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

112. “Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusing. In fact, I think I sometimes detect conspiratorial plottings among my friends to protect me against my own lack of sophistication. I don't mind. I suspect that I am never quite as unsophisticated as they think I am, but I don't mind.”

Tags : Friendship Humor Sophistication
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

113. “To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge.”

Tags : Ancient Greeks Antiquity Greek Philosophers Greeks Knowledge Perfect Philosophers Test Theory Valid
Author : Isaac Asimov

114. “Supongo que no hay manera de hacer regresar la nube con forma de hongo a esa bonita y reluciente esfera de uranio.”

Tags : Catastrophe Catástrofe
Author : Isaac Asimov

115. “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but 'That's funny...”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

116. “The real point of the matter is that what we call a 'wrong datum' is one which is inconsistent with all other known data. It is our only criterion for right and wrong.”

Tags : Data Analysis Right And Wrong
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robot Visions

117. “In all the known history of Mankind, advances have been made primarily in physical technology; in the capacity of handling the inanimate world about Man. Control of self and society has been left to to chance or to the vague gropings of intuitive ethical systems based on inspiration and emotion. As a result no culture of greater stability than about fifty-five percent has ever existed, and these only as the result of great human misery.”

Tags : Psycology Science Fiction Society
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Second Foundation

118. “It's your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion.”

Tags : Literature Psychology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

119. “Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters.”

Tags : Psychology
Author : Isaac Asimov

120. “I tell you it's deadly when you start thinking your wife might be right.”

Tags : Humor Science Fiction
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

121. “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.”

Tags : Bombing Dalton Destruction John Dalton Loss Science War World War Wwii
Author : Isaac Asimov

122. “And so it happened, that when others bent their knee, he refused and added loudly that his ancestors in their time bowed no knee to any stinking mayor. And in his ancestors’ time the mayor was elected anyhow, and kicked out at will, and that the only people that inherited anything by right of birth were the congenital idiots.”

Tags : Elections Insubordination Mayor Politics
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

123. “-La humanidad ha perdido todo control sobre su futuro-No lo ha tenido jamás, en realidad.Estuvo siempre a merced de unas fuerzas económicas y sociológicas que no entendía, de los caprichos del clima y de los azares de la guerra.”

Tags : Ciencia Ficción Control Futuro Humanos Robots Scifi Susan Calvin
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

124. “Señor Norman Muller, debo informarle, en nombre del presidente de los Estados Unidos, de que le han escogido para representar al electorado norteamericano el martes 4 de noviembre de 2008.”

Tags : Votación Voting
Author : Isaac Asimov

125. “No hay manera de diferenciar un robot de un ser humano bueno”

Tags : Bondad Dilema Robot Scifi
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

126. “Voy gülümsedi. "İşte bu fena. Ne zaman birisi belirli bir alanda tam bilgi sahibi olmadığını belirterek konuya girse, arkasından o konuda çok açık bir biçimde fikrini belirtecek demektir.”

Tags : Bilgi Fikir
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The End of Eternity

127. “Su misma superioridad lo perdió”

Tags : Ciencia Ficción Humildad Robot Scifi
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

128. “Después de 10 años de matrimonio era todavía lo suficientemente estúpido como para seguir enamorado de ella.”

Tags : Amor Ciencia Ficción Leyes Robot Scifi
Author : Isaac Asimov

129. “La violencia es el último recurso del incompetente.”

Tags : Asimov Ciencia Ficción Fundacion
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

130. “Sólo hay una guerra que puede permitirse el ser humano: la guerra contra su extinción”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

131. “Estamos constantemente al borde de lo incognoscible, e intentando entender lo que no puede ser entendido. Eso es lo que nos hace hombres.”

Tags : Asimov Bovedas De Acero Ciencia Ficción
Author : Isaac Asimov

132. “Quien se cree sin mácula se hace aborrecible”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

133. “Estamos constantemente al borde de lo incognoscible, e intentando entender lo que no puede ser entendido. Eso es lo que nos hambre hombres.”

Tags : Asimov Bovedas De Acero Ciencia Ficción Isaac Asimov
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

134. “¡Nunca permitas que el sentido de la moral te impida hacer lo que está bien!”

Tags : Bien Moral
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

135. “Ralph Nimmo carecía de título universitario y se enorgullecía de ello. -Un título [...] es el primer paso de un recorrido calamitoso. Como no quieres desperdiciarlo, pasas al trabajo de graduado y a la investigación doctoral. Terminas por ser un absoluto ignorante de todo, excepto en tu estrechísima especialidad.”

Tags : Educación Education Ignorance Ingnorancia Título Universidad
Author : Isaac Asimov

136. “Bill Moyers: What do you see happening to the idea of dignity to human species if this population growth continues at its present rate?Isaac Asimov: It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up, you have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, aren't you through yet, and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. — Interview by Bill Moyers on Bill Moyers' World Of Ideas (17 October 1988)”

Tags : Demography Dignity Overpopulation Population
Author : Isaac Asimov

137. “... Kendim için "insan" kelimesinden başka bir tanım kullanmayı reddediyorum. Bana kalırsa medeniyet ve insanlık yok olmasın diye gösterilen çabaların önündeki hızlı nüfus artışı dışındaki en büyük engel, insanların kendi aralarında durmadan küçük gruplara bölünme ve oluşan her yeni grubun da yalnız kendini yücelterek komşularını hakir görme alışkanlıklarıdır.”

Tags : Antiracism Humanity
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : It's Been a Good Life

138. “There was no doubt about it: the City was the culmination of man’s mastery over the environment. Not space travel, not the fifty colonized worlds that were now so haughtily independent, but the City.”

Tags : Industrialization Progress Urbanization
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

139. “Surely the relationship between inconveniences suffered and privileges granted was part of the very essentials of learning how to handle people without an explosion.”

Tags : Diplomacy Sensitivity Tact
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Naked Sun

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

Tags : Improvisation Planning Success
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

141. “Somewhere on the world was the Emperor's palace, set amid one hundred square miles of natural soil, rainbowed with flowers.”

Tags : Beauty Colors Flowers Garden
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation

142. “My death, Daniel, is not important. No individual death among human beings is important. Someone who dies leaves his work behind and that does not entirely die. It never entirely dies as long as humanity exists.”

Tags : Elijah Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robots and Empire

143. “I have spent these last two days in concentrated introspection," said Cutie, "and the results have been most interesting. I began at the one sure assumption I felt permitted to make.I, myself, exist, because I think-"Powell groaned, "Oh, Jupiter, a robot Descartes!""Who's Descartes?" demanded Donovan. "Listen, do we have to sit here and listen to this metal maniac-""Keep quiet, Mike!"Cutie continued imperturbably, "And the question that immediately arose was: Just what is the cause of my existence?"Powell's jaw set lumpily. "You're being foolish. I told you already that we made you.""And if you don't believe us," added Donovan, "we'll gladly take you apart!"The robot spread his strong hands in a deprecatory gesture, "I accept nothing on authority. A hypothesis must be backed by reason, or else it is worthless - and it goes against all the dictates of logic to suppose that you made me."Powell dropped a restraining arm upon Donovan's suddenly unched fist. "Just why do you say that?"Cutie laughed. It was a very inhuman laugh - the most machine-like utterance he had yet given vent to. It was sharp and explosive, as regular as a metronome and as uninflected."Look at you," he said finally. "I say this in no spirit of contempt, but look at you! The material you are made of is soft and flabby, lacking endurance and strength, depending for energy upon the inefficient oxidation of organic material - like that." He pointed a disapproving finger at what remained of Donovan's sandwich. "Periodically you pass into a coma and the least variation in temperature, air ressure, humidity, or radiation intensity impairs your efficiency. You are _makeshift_."I, on the other hand, am a finished product. I absorb electrical energy directly and utilize it with an almost one hundred percent efficiency. I am composed of strong metal, am continuously conscious, and can stand extremes of environment easily. These are facts which, with the self-evident proposition that no being can create another being superior to itself, smashes your silly hypothesis to nothing.”

Tags : Descartes Existence Rationalism Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov

144. “Very few people are aware of the fact that in the beginning the proud and glorious phrase “dirty old man” was actually meant as derision.The very phrase, originated as it was by young men, is a standing testimonial to the ignorance of the same young men. Sex is dirty—if you do it right. Young men don’t know how to do it right, so they stay clean. Some old men never learn how and they stay clean, too.But unless you have the ambition to retreat into dull hopelessness, don’t you do it. Don’t be bashful with ladies while young and retreat altogether as you grow older. Grow bolder with the years: advance, advance.Be a dirty old man and be proud of it.”

Tags : Age Difference The Sensuous Dirty Old Man
Author : Isaac Asimov

145. “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 everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.”

Tags : Ai Change Singularity The Singularity
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Asimov on Science Fiction

146. “There is nothing your knife handlers can do in the way of rioting and demonstrating that will have any permanent effect as long as, in the extremity, there is an army equipped with kinetic, chemical, and neurological weapons that is willing to use them against your people. You can get all the downtrodden and even all the respectables on your side, but you must somehow win over the security forces and the Imperial army or at least seriously weaken their loyalty to the rulers.”

Tags : Politics Revolution
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Prelude to Foundation

147. “I'll take that challenge. It's a dead hand against a living will.”

Tags : Challenge Inspiration Motivation
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

148. “They won't listen. Do you know why? Because they have certain fixed notions about the past. Any change would be blasphemy in their eyes, even if it were the truth. They don't want the truth; they want their traditions.”

Tags : Epistemology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

149. “You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates.”

Tags : Epistemology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

150. “Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them.”

Tags : Epistemology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

151. “And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy. But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer--by demonstration--would take care of that, too. For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program.The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.And AC said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!"And there was light--”

Tags : Incredible
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robot Dreams

152. “The City was the acme of efficiency, but it made demands of its inhabitants. It asked them to live in a tight routine and order their lives under a strict and scientific control.”

Tags : City Life Urbanization
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

153. “The elderly man, flushed with pleasure, was recounting in voluble fashion his experiences and impressions. His wife joined in periodically, with meticulous corrections involving completely unimportant points; these being given and taken in the best of humor.”

Tags : Married Life
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

154. “Gewalt ist die letzte Zuflucht des Unfähigen.”

Tags : Education Violence
Author : Isaac Asimov

155. “Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one—Marie, the famous Madame Curie—and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else.”

Tags : Curie History Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska Curie Nobel Laureate Nobel Prize Pierre Curie
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : View from a Height

156. “I am afraid a monster is grown that will devour all of us. Yet we must fight him.”

Tags : Despair Fear Hopeless Hopelessness Monster
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

157. “There was something ghost-like and insubstantial about gases to these early chemists. They called liquids that turned into gases easily, "spirits." Methyl alcohol, they called "wood spirit"; ethyl alcohol, "wine spirit." Even today, alcoholic beverages are frequently referred to as "spirits." (Modern Arabs, from whose language the word "alcohol" was taken, call ethyl alcohol "spirit" from the English. This is a queer exchange.)”

Tags : Alcohol Chemistry Humor Science
Author : Isaac Asimov

158. “It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.”

Tags : Science Fiction Society Technology
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation's Edge

159. “The stars, like dust, encircle meIn living mists of light;And all of space I seem to seeIn one vast burst of sight”

Tags : Astronomy Space Universe
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Stars, Like Dust

160. “Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don't see.”

Tags : Space
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

161. “For a wise man, I have been told, once said, ‘Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate in empty phrases.’ But alas, my lady, I am but a mass of empty phrases, it would seem.”

Tags : Gratitude Magnifico Praise
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

162. “Were I to use the wits the good Spirits gave me,” he said, “then I would say this lady can not exist - for what sane man would hold a dream to be reality. Yet rather would I not be sane and lend belief to charmed, enchanted eyes.”

Tags : Compliments Magnifico Romantic Praise
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

163. “The clown’s eyes sidled towards her, then drew away quickly. “But they kept me away from you earlier-and, on my word, you may laugh, but I was lonely for missing friendship.”

Tags : Friendship Magnifico
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

164. “How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.”

Tags : Art Intuition Logic Science
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Roving Mind

165. “The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”

Tags : Crowds Population Density Urban Life
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Caves of Steel

166. “Any system which allows men to choose their own future will end by choosing safety and mediocrity, and in such a Reality the stars are out of reach.”

Tags : Choices Future Stars
Author : Isaac Asimov

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

Tags : Bravery Business Challenge Inspirational Motivation Strength Work
Author : Isaac Asimov

168. “...Peki ama ya yanılıyorsam ? Bunu ünlü matematikçi, filozof ve sözünü esirgemeyen bir ateist olan Bertrand Russell'a da sormuşlardı. "Peki ya ölüp de kendinizi Tanrı'nın karşısında buluverirseniz ? o zaman ne yaparsınız ?" demişlerdi. Bunun üzerine yılların gözü pek fikir adamı şu cevabı verdi: 'O zaman ona, "Tanrım, bize daha fazla kanıt göstermen gerekirdi' derim." ... Ben bir ateistim ve bana göre ölümden sonra gelen tek şey de sonsuza dek sürecek rüyasız, derin bir uykudur.”

Tags : Atheism Religion Religion Quotes
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : It's Been a Good Life

169. “The Scientist - with capital letters and no smile.”

Tags : Greatness Intelligence Power Serious
Author : Isaac Asimov

170. “The Solarians have given up something mankind has had for a million years; something worth more than atomic power, cities, agriculture, tools, fire, everything; because it's something that made everything possible (...) The tribe, sir. Cooperation between individuals.”

Tags : Humanity Society Teamwork Tribe
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Naked Sun

171. “—¿No es desagradable la ostentación que esas gentes hacían de sus creaciones? ¿Quién puede ser tan estúpido como para creer a una persona que ensalza su propio producto? ¿Acaso va a confesar sus defectos? ¿Retrocederá ante cualquier exageración?”

Tags : Defectos Ensalzar Marketing Mercadotecnia Ostentación Ostentar
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The End of Eternity

172. “Here were the same long cold bare corridors, the same lowest common denominator of design and decoration, with every light source designed so as to irritate as few people as possible and to please just as few.”

Tags : Uniformity
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Robots of Dawn

173. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”

Tags : Books Inspiration Writer
Author : Isaac Asimov

174. “Mathematicians deal with large numbers sometimes, but never in their income.”

Tags : Math Mathematics Maths Pithy
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Prelude to Foundation

175. “One might suppose that reality must be held to at all costs. However, though that may be the moral thing to do, it is not necessarily the most useful thing to do. The Greeks themselves chose the ideal over the real in their geometry and demonstrated very well that far more could be achieved by consideration of abstract line and form than by a study of the real lines and forms of the world; the greater understanding achieved through abstraction could be applied most usefully to the very reality that was ignored in the process of gaining knowledge.”

Tags : Knowledge Math Reality Science
Author : Isaac Asimov

176. “Many years later he looked through one of my books and said, "How did you learn all this, Isaac?""From you, Pappa", I said."From me? I don't know any of this"."You didn't have to, Pappa", I said. "You valued learning and you taught me to value it. Once I learned to value it, the rest came without trouble."- Isaac Asimov (Isaak Yudovich Ozimov). It's been a good life.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

177. “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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Author : Isaac Asimov

178. “I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.”

Tags : Simplicity Writing Style
Author : Isaac Asimov

179. “Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true.”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

180. “The whole world might know you and acclaim you, but someone in the past, forever unreachable, forever unknowing, spoils it all. ”

Tags : Acclaim Asimov
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I. Asimov

181. “...Changelessness is decay.""A paradox. There is no decay without a change for the worse.""Changelessness is a change for the worse...”

Tags : Asimov Kelden Amadiro Robots Science Fiction Vasilia Aliena
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robots and Empire

182. “Can entropy ever be reversed?""We both know entropy can't be reversed. You can't turn smoke and ash back into a tree.""Do you have trees on your world?"The sound of the Galactic AC startled them into silence. Its voice came thin and beautiful out of the small AC-contact on the desk. It said: "THERE IS INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER”

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Author : Isaac Asimov

183. “I, on the other hand, am a finished product. I absorb electrical energy directly and utilize it with an almost one hundred percent efficiency. I am composed of strong metal, am continuously conscious, and can stand extremes of environment easily. These are facts which, with the self-evident proposition that no being can create another being superior to itself, smashes your silly hypothesis to nothing.”

Tags : Logic Science
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : I, Robot

184. “Old men tend to forget what thought was like in their youth; they forget the quickness of the mental jump, the daring of the youthful intuition, the agility of the fresh insight. They become accustomed to the more plodding varieties of reason, and because this is more than made up by the accumulation of experience, old men think themselves wiser than the young.”

Tags : Age Wisdom
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

185. “Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests.”

Tags : Humanism Reason
Author : Isaac Asimov

186. “And now a hundred subjective years had passed in those hundred objective hours and he could no longer clearly visualize the university at all or the life of sad frustration he had been leading there toward the end.”

Tags : Insightful
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

187. “You are a military man and should know better. If there is one science into which man has probed continuously and successfully, it is that of military technology. No potential weapon would remain unrealized for ten thousand years.”

Tags : Sad But True
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Stars, Like Dust

188. “It was a long time since he'd done any actual clinical work, and obviously his sojourn among the academics at Saro University had attenuated the professional detachment that allows members of the healing arts to confront the ill without being overwhelmed by compassion and sorrow. He was surprised at that, how tenderhearted he seemed to have become, how thin-skinned.”

Tags : Compassion Healing
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Nightfall

189. “The human mind works at low efficiency. Twenty percent is the figure usually given. When, momentarily, there is a flash of greater power, it is termed a hunch, or insight, or intuition.”

Tags : Thinking
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Foundation and Empire

190. “Life is not like a murder mystery. In mysteries people always do the same thing. Then when some little thing is out of line, some wise-guy amateur detective makes big deductions. In real life, people don't do the same things all the time. They do different things at different times. In real life, people are crazy.”

Tags : Mysteries
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Murder at the ABA

191. “I think you are wrong, partner Elijah. My briefing on human characteristics here among the people of Earth includes the information that, unlike the men of the Outer Worlds, they are trained from birth to accept authority. Apparently this is the result of your way of living. One man, representing authority firmly enough, was quite sufficient, as I proved. Your own desire for a squad car was only an expression, really, of your almost instinctive wish for superior authority to take responsibility out of your hands. On my own world, I admit that what I did would have been most unjustified.”

Tags : Authority
Author : Isaac Asimov

192. “Earthmen may even rule at Trantor for a generation, but their children will become Trantorians, and in their turn will look down upon the remnant on Earth.”

Tags : Social Evolution
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

193. “Give us but the chance and a new generation of Earthmen would grow to maturity, lacking insularity and believing wholeheartedly in the oneness of Man.”

Tags : Social Evolution
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Pebble in the Sky

194. “Aklıma bir bilimkurgu kongresinde Ted Sturgeon'un söyledikleri gelmişti; ona göre bilimkurgu, temel insan hak ve özgürlüklerinin dillendirilebildiği son kaleydi. Sansürcü zihinler bilimkurgu okumayan; bilimkurguyu anlamaktan aciz olan ve okusalar dahi neyi yasaklamaları gerektiğini bilemeyecek kişilerdi. Sansürcü zihniyet bilimkurguyu kendine yem etme mertebesine yükseldiği gün zaten her şey bitmiş demekti. Artık demokrasiden geriye tek bir iz bile kalmazdı.”

Tags : Democracy Fascism Science Fiction
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : It's Been a Good Life

195. “I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties, that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just as infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe.”

Tags : Scientific Knowledge
Author : Isaac Asimov

196. “Yazmak heyecan vericiydi. ... Aslına bakılacak olursa, romanlarımı hala aynı taktikle yazıyorum, konu yazdıkça şekilleniyor; ancak bir farkla; hikayeye bir son belirlemedikçe, olayların yazarken şekillenmesinin bir anlamı olmadığını öğrenmiş bulunuyorum... Artık yazmak için önce bir sorun ve o sorunun çözümünü düşünüyorum. Ancak bundan sonra yazmaya başlıyorum; hikaye, ilerledikçe geliştiği için karakterlerin başlarına neler geleceğini, güçlükleri aşmayı nasıl başaracaklarını yazdıkça öğrenmenin heyecanını yaşıyorum; ama hikaye önceden bildiğim bir sona, çözüme doğru gittiği için de bu süreçte yolumu kaybetmemiş oluyoru. Yazarlığa yeni başlayanlar benden tavsiye istediklerinde de hep bunun üzerinde dururum.”

Tags : Writing Writing Process
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : It's Been a Good Life

197. “And Elvex said, "I was the man." - In "Robot dreams" (Short story)”

Tags : Robots Science Fiction
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robot Dreams

198. “I have the shape of a human being and organs equivalent to those of a human being. My organs, in fact, are identical to some of those in a prosthetized human being. I have contributed artistically, literally, and scientifically to human culture as much as any human being now alive. What more can one ask?”

Tags : Humanity Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : The Complete Robot

199. “She's qualified all right. She understands robots like a sister—comes from hating human beings so much, I think.”

Tags : Robots Science Fiction
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robot Visions

200. “Work of each individual contributes to a totality and so becomes undying part of a totality. That totality is human life. Past and present and to come forms a tapestry that has been in existence now for many tens and thousands of years. And has been growing more elaborate, and on the whole more beautiful.”

Tags : Eiljah Robots
Author : Isaac Asimov
Source : Robots and Empire