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Isaac Asimov Quotes


A Russian-born American author and biochemist.
(1920 - 1992)

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A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
 

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.
 

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.
 

Consider the most famous pure dystopian tale of modern times, 1984, by George Orwell (1903-1950), published in 1948 (the same year in which Walden Two was published). I consider it an abominably poor book. It made a big hit (in my opinion) only because it rode the tidal wave of cold war sentiment in the United States.
 

Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
[Being]
 

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.
 

From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
 

He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
 

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
 

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
 

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
 

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
[Computers]
 

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
 

I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.
 

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
 

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
 

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
 

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
 

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. 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.
[Change]
 

It is not only the living who are killed in war.
 


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