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    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind

  • #2
    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #3
    Isaac Asimov
    “I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #4
    Isaac Asimov
    “All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #5
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God

  • #6
    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov, Murder at the ABA

  • #7
    Isaac Asimov
    “[A]ll knowledge is one. When a light brightens and illuminates a corner of a room, it adds to the general illumination of the entire room. Over and over again, scientific discoveries have provided answers to problems that had no apparent connection with the phenomena that gave rise to the discovery.”
    Isaac Asimov, Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos

  • #8
    Isaac Asimov
    “Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #9
    Isaac Asimov
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation

  • #10
    Isaac Asimov
    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #11
    Isaac Asimov
    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation

  • #12
    Isaac Asimov
    “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #13
    John Waters
    “If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!”
    John Waters



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