isaac asimov Quotes

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
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— Isaac Asimov
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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— Isaac Asimov
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
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— Isaac Asimov
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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— Isaac Asimov
There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.
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— Isaac Asimov
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
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— Isaac Asimov
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
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— Isaac Asimov
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.
tags: belief men people
— Isaac Asimov
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?
tags: society sexual forbidden
— 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.
tags: nature thoughts seeing universe
— 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.
tags: future human emotion bad
— Isaac Asimov
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
tags: live doctor
— Isaac Asimov
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
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— Isaac Asimov
While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream.
tags: live dreams
— Isaac Asimov
Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith.
tags: fantasy truth faith holy
— Isaac Asimov
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.
tags: people education
— Isaac Asimov
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.
tags: belief thoughts universe
— Isaac Asimov
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
tags: society right wisdom
— Isaac Asimov
When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.
tags: stupidity patriotism
— Isaac Asimov
The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.
tags: learning
— Isaac Asimov
The great secret of the successful fool is that he's no fool at all
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— Isaac Asimov
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.
tags: democracy political ignorance
— Isaac Asimov
Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact.
tags: facts fiction tomorrow
— Isaac Asimov
Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer.
tags: computer
— Isaac Asimov
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.
tags: job bad god worth
— Isaac Asimov
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)
tags: desires freedom right mind
— Isaac Asimov
Custom is second nature. Be accustomed to a bald head, sufficiently accustomed, and hair on it would seem monstrous.
tags: nature
— Isaac Asimov
It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.
tags: right wrong confidence scientist
— 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.
tags: existence
— Isaac Asimov
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.
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— Isaac Asimov
...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.
tags: people world human value die dignity democracy
— 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.
tags: society believe help liberty libertarian thinking
— Isaac Asimov
isaac asimov
Birth    : January 2, 1920
Death  : April 6, 1992
Occupation  : Author