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

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.
 

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.
[War]
 

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

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.
 

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
 

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.
 

Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.
[Business]
 

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.
 

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
[Civilization]
 

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
[Computers]
 

People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. They are far too ready to dismiss it and to build arcane structures of extremely rickety substance in order to avoid it. I, on the other hand, see coincidence everywhere as an inevitable consequence of the laws of probability, according to which having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be.
 

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
 

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
 

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

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.
 

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
[Science]
 

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
[Science]
 

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
 

There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am gald of that. In fact, I am relieved.
 


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