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  • #1
    Isaac Asimov
    “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #2
    Isaac Asimov
    “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #3
    Isaac Asimov
    “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...”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #4
    Isaac Asimov
    “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


  • #5
    Isaac Asimov
    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #6
    Isaac Asimov
    “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #7
    Isaac Asimov
    “If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #8
    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov, Adding a Dimension


  • #9
    Isaac Asimov
    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation


  • #10
    Isaac Asimov
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation


  • #11
    Isaac Asimov
    “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #12
    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #13
    Isaac Asimov
    “Tell me why the stars do shine,
    Tell me why the ivy twines,
    Tell me what makes skies so blue,
    And I'll tell you why I love you.

    Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine,
    Tropisms make the ivy twine,
    Raleigh scattering make skies so blue,
    Testicular hormones are why I love you. ”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #14
    Isaac Asimov
    “I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #15
    Isaac Asimov
    “Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #16
    Isaac Asimov
    “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?”
    Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov


  • #17
    Isaac Asimov
    “The Earth should not be cut up into hundreds of different sections, each inhabited by a self-defined segment of humanity that considers its own welfare and its own "national security" to be paramount above all other consideration.

    I am all for cultural diversity and would be willing to see each recognizable group value its cultural heritage. I am a New York patriot, for instance, and if I lived in Los Angeles, I would love to get together with other New York expatriates and sing "Give My Regards to Broadway."

    This sort of thing, however, should remain cultural and benign. I'm against it if it means that each group despises others and lusts to wipe them out. I'm against arming each little self-defined group with weapons with which to enforce its own prides and prejudices.

    The Earth faces environmental problems right now that threaten the imminent destruction of civilization and the end of the planet as a livable world. Humanity cannot afford to waste its financial and emotional resources on endless, meaningless quarrels between each group and all others. there must be a sense of globalism in which the world unites to solve the real problems that face all groups alike.

    Can that be done? The question is equivalent to: Can humanity survive?

    I am not a Zionist, then, because I don't believe in nations, and because Zionism merely sets up one more nation to trouble the world. It sets up one more nation to have "rights" and "demands" and "national security" and to feel it must guard itself against its neighbors.

    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, I. Asimov


  • #18
    Isaac Asimov
    “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?”
    Isaac Asimov, I, Robot


  • #19
    Isaac Asimov
    “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.”
    Isaac Asimov, The Secret of the Universe


  • #20
    Isaac Asimov
    “It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research.”
    Isaac Asimov, I, Robot




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