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    Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: right  morals 
     
    Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: world 
     
    People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: people 
     
    I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: believe  wild 
     
    There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: humanity  right 
     
    It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: philosophy 
     
    The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: funny  discovery 
     
    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
    tags: belief  men  people 
     
    Anything you make forbidden gains sexual attractiveness. Would you be particularly interested in women's breasts if you lived in a society in which they were displayed at all times?
    — Isaac Asimov
    Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It's a system for testing your thoughts against the universe, and seeing whether they match.
    — Isaac Asimov
    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.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: future  human  emotion  bad 
     
    If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: live  doctor 
     
    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: violence 
     
    While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: live  dreams 
     
    Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: fantasy  truth  faith  holy 
     
    There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.
    — Isaac Asimov
    Once you get it into your head that somebody is controlling events, you can interpret everything in that light and find no reasonable certainty anywhere.
    — Isaac Asimov
    People think of education as something they can finish.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: people  education 
     
    So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe.
    — Isaac Asimov
    The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: society  right  wisdom 
     
    When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.
    — Isaac Asimov
    The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: learning 
     
    The great secret of the successful fool is that he's no fool at all
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: secret  successful  fools 
     
    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
    — Isaac Asimov
    Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: facts  fiction  tomorrow 
     
    Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: computer 
     
    Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
    — Isaac Asimov
    I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
    — Isaac Asimov
    My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job that he isn't worth discussing.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: job  bad  god  worth 
     
    There is no right to deny freedom to any object with a mind advanced enough to grasp the concept and desire the state. -(from "The Bicentennial Man) story)
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: desires  freedom  right  mind 
     
    Custom is second nature. Be accustomed to a bald head, sufficiently accustomed, and hair on it would seem monstrous.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: nature 
     
    It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.
    — Isaac Asimov
    It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
    — Isaac Asimov
    Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: existence 
     
    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.
    — Isaac Asimov
    There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.
    — Isaac Asimov
    tags: belief  death 
     
    ...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, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters.
    — Isaac Asimov
    There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
    — Isaac Asimov
    ... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.
    — Isaac Asimov
    He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means "I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve". It's easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help.
    — Isaac Asimov
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    isaac asimov
    Birth    : January 2, 1920
    Death  : April 6, 1992
    Occupation  : Author