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Isaac Asimov (Writer)

Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris.
Isaac Asimov intelligence
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov fiction
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only theas it is, but the world as it will be ...
Isaac Asimov world
Emotionally, I am an . I don't have the evidence to prove thatdoesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my .
Isaac Asimov strong
There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved.
Isaac Asimov you
I feel that the longest and worstshould be reserved for those who slanderedby inventing .
Isaac Asimov
Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter thein their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris.
Isaac Asimov intelligence
What I will be remembered for are theand the . What I want to be remembered for is no one , or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.
Isaac Asimov books
There is no , however , that will not gather itsadherents who will defend it to the .
Isaac Asimov will
are entirely too disbelieving of . 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.
Isaac Asimov law
There is a cult ofin the United States, and there always has been. The strain ofhas been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion thatmeans that "myis just asas your ."
Isaac Asimov life
[Creationists] make it sound as though a "theory" is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov dream
writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov writers
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, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Isaac Asimov science
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 ... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
Isaac Asimov science
But suppose we were to teach . What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details?
Isaac Asimov life
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.
Isaac Asimov knowledge
Consider the most famous pure dystopian tale of modern times, 1984, by(1903-1950), published in 1948 (the same year in whichwas 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.
Isaac Asimov war
There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Isaac Asimov science
All life is nucleic acid; the rest is commentary
Isaac Asimov life
I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing — to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics — Well, they can do whatever they wish.
Isaac Asimov writing
I was once being interviewed by ...In between two of the segments she asked me..."But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?" I said, "Type faster." This was widely quoted, but the "six months" was changed to "six minutes," which bothered me. It's "six months."
Isaac Asimov change
Happiness is doing it rotten your own way.
Isaac Asimov you
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov people
If you suspect that my interest inis going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain
Isaac Asimov inspire
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.
Isaac Asimov life
A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Isaac Asimov action
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Isaac Asimov man
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov existence
Later included among these laws was a more fundamental directive:
Isaac Asimov men
A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
Isaac Asimov humanity
"Nonsense," Weston denied, with an involuntary nervous shiver. "That's completely ridiculous. We had a long discussion at the time we bought Robbie about the First Law of Robotics. You know that it is impossible for a robot to harm a human being; that long before enough can go wrong to alter that First Law, a robot would be completely inoperable. It's a mathematical impossibility. Besides I have an engineer from U.S. Robots here twice a year to give the poor gadget a complete overhaul. Why, there's no more chance of anything at all going wrong with Robbie than there is of you or I suddenly going looney—considerably less, in fact. Besides, how are you going to take him away from Gloria? (pg 10, Chapter Robbie)
Isaac Asimov time
is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov
Four of the stories in this work were originally published with different titles in Astounding Magazine between 1942 and 1944, and the fifth was added when they first appeared in book form in 1951.
Isaac Asimov work
An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.
Isaac Asimov good
It's a poor blaster that doesn't point both ways.
Isaac Asimov poor
Q. You do not consider your statement a disloyal one? A. No, sir. Scientificis beyondand disloyalty. Q. You are sure that your statement represents scientific truth? A. I am.
Isaac Asimov truth
The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising , a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of— a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.
Isaac Asimov men
“That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That—” Hardin broke in: “Not at all. He’s merely the product of his . He doesn’t understand much except that ‘I got a gun and you ain’t.’ ”
Isaac Asimov you
“,” came the retort, “is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
Isaac Asimov
Well, then, arrest him. You can accuse him of something or other afterward.
Isaac Asimov war
“That was the time to begin all-out preparations for .” “On the contrary. That was the time to begin all-out prevention of war.”
Isaac Asimov war
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Isaac Asimov you
Courtiers don’t take wagers against the king’s skill. There is the deadly danger of winning.
Isaac Asimov anger
He believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don’t believe in it at all.
Isaac Asimov believe
For it is the chief characteristic of theof , that it , and that such curses as that of Aporat’s are really deadly.
Isaac Asimov character
Aeater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.
Isaac Asimov self
Never let yourofprevent you from doing what is .
Isaac Asimov you
“Ponyets! They sent you?” “Pure chance,” said Ponyets, bitterly, “or the work of my own personal malevolent demon.”
Isaac Asimov work
There's something about a pious man such as he. He will cheerfully cut your throat if it suits him, but he will hesitate to endanger the welfare of your immaterial and problematical .
Isaac Asimov man
The whole business is the crudest sort of stratagem, since we have no way of foreseeing it to the end. It is a mere paying out of rope on the chance that somewhere along the length of it will be a noose.
Isaac Asimov business
He is energetic only in evading .
Isaac Asimov
To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.
Isaac Asimov alone
Korell is that frequent phenomenon in : the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal “honor” and court etiquette.
Isaac Asimov joy
Now any dogma, based primarily onand 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.
Isaac Asimov anger
It’s a poor atom blaster that won’t point both ways.
Isaac Asimov poor
He is a dreamer of ancient times, or rather, of theof what ancient times used to be. Such men are harmless in themselves, but their queer lack of realism makes themfor others.
Isaac Asimov time
You are a valuable subject, Brodrig. You always suspect far more than is necessary, and I have but to take half your suggested precautions to be utterly safe.
Isaac Asimov you
Inertia! Our ruling class knows one law; no . Despotism! They know one rule; . Maldistribution! They know one desire; to hold what is theirs.
Isaac Asimov desire
To him, a stilted geometric love of arrangement was “,” an indefatigable and feverish interest in the pettiest facets of day-to-daywas “industry,” indecision when right was “caution,” and blind stubbornness when wrong, “determination.”
Isaac Asimov love
It is the invariable lesson tothat distance in , and inas well, lends focus. It is not recorded, incidentally, that the lesson has ever been permanently learned.
Isaac Asimov man
“Were I to use thethe good Spirits gave me,” he said, “then I would say this lady can not exist — for what sane man would hold ato be . Yet rather would I not be sane and lend belief to charmed, enchanted eyes.”
Isaac Asimov belief
It is well-known that the friend of a conqueror is but the last victim.
Isaac Asimov friend
as deep as this is past possibility without nonexistence as well.
Isaac Asimov past
Everybeing lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed. Occasionally there were the dim signals from deep within the cavern in which another man was located — so that each might grope toward the other. Yet because they did not know one another, and could not understand one another, and dared not trust one another, and felt from infancy the terrors and insecurity of that ultimate isolation — there was the hunted fear of man for man, the savage rapacity of man toward man.
Isaac Asimov fear
The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise.
Isaac Asimov hope
The house was somehow very lonely at night and Dr. Darell found that the fate of the Galaxy made remarkably little difference while his daughter’s mad little life was in danger.
Isaac Asimov life
Remarkable what a fragile flower romance is. A gun with a nervous operator behind it can spoil the whole thing.
Isaac Asimov romance
The spell ofnever quite releases its hold.
Isaac Asimov
All page numbers from the mass market edition published by Del Rey (17th printing, March 1989)
Isaac Asimov age
At odd and unpredictable times, we cling in fright to the .
Isaac Asimov time
It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.
Isaac Asimov civilization
If there is a misuse of , it is on her part. Myis that I have never labored to make myself popular — I admit that much — and I have paid too little attention towho are old enough to be senile but young enough to have .
Isaac Asimov art
Pelorat sighed. “I will never understand people.” “There’s nothing to it. All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. We’re in no way different ourselves... You show me someone who can’t understand people and I’ll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself.”
Isaac Asimov people
Once you get it into your head that somebody is controlling events, you can interpret everything in thatand find no reasonableanywhere.
Isaac Asimov reason
“Is not all this an extraordinary concatenation of ?” Pelorat said, “If you list it like that—” “List it any way you please,” said Trevize. “I don’t believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence.”
Isaac Asimov believe
It’s one thing to have guts; it’s another to be crazy.
Isaac Asimov crazy
“Stories grow by accretion. Tales accumulate — like dust. The longer the time lapse, the dustier the history — until it degenerates into fables.” Pelorat said, “We historians are familiar with the process, Dom. There is a certain preference for the fable. The falsely dramatic drives out the truly dull.”
Isaac Asimov time
Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues.
Isaac Asimov history
It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word “intuition.”
Isaac Asimov ignorance
It is better to go to defeat with free will than to live in a meaningless security as a cog in a machine.
Isaac Asimov meaning
We abandoned theofto preserve the essence of it.
Isaac Asimov
If you were to insist I was a robot, you might not consider me capable ofin some sense, but you would not be able to distinguish my reactions from that which you would call love — so what difference would it make?
Isaac Asimov love
To Mankind And the hope that the war against folly may someday be won, after all
Isaac Asimov hope
I’d say his mind stops functioning, but I lack the proof of any other state from which it might stop.
Isaac Asimov mind
“It is a mistake,” he said, “to suppose that the public wants the environment protected or their lives saved and that they will be grateful to any idealist who will fight for such ends. What the public wants is their own individual comfort. We know that well enough from our experience in the environmental crisis of the twentieth century.”
Isaac Asimov men
Tritt listened placidly, clearly understanding nothing, but content to be listening; while Odeen, transmitting nothing, was as clearly content to be lecturing.
Isaac Asimov understanding
I don’t like anything that’s got to be. I want to know why.
Isaac Asimov want
I know nothing of that directly; I only know what I have been told by other young ones who couldn’t have known directly either. I want to find out the truth about them and the wanting has grown until there is more of curiosity in me than fear.
Isaac Asimov truth
I fear my ignorance.
Isaac Asimov fear
The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.
Isaac Asimov
You know that prudery is only the other side of prurience. The words are even on the same page in the dictionary.
Isaac Asimov words
I’ve lived most of my life already and I suppose I can argue myself into believing that I have no great cause to love humanity. However, only a few people have hurt me, and if I hurt everyone in return that is unconscionable usury.
Isaac Asimov love
If an interaction is too weak to be detectable or to exert influence in any way, then by any operational definition, it doesn’t exist.
Isaac Asimov action
There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.
Isaac Asimov history
I'llanything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there isfor it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
Isaac Asimov wild
is indivisible. When people growin one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.
Isaac Asimov people
The trueis quiteas well asandwhat he is ; if he does not, hissuffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions wherecan follow only slowly; if he does not, hissuffers.
Isaac Asimov time
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 . 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 life
is indivisible. When people growin one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, andand ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field.
Isaac Asimov knowledge

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