Isaac Asimov

(Isaak Ozimov)

Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov
  • Born: January 2, 1920
  • Died: April 6, 1992
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist, Author

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… problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. Policy & Policy Making
A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written. Miscellaneous
Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Religion & God
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 Legislating & Legislative Process
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door … and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think. Religion & God
Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues. History
The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The earth is the only home that any of us have—so far, anyway. Space Exploration
The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. Management & Managing Government
There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass. History
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of 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."
To rebel against a powerful political, economic, religious, or social establishment is very dangerous and very few people do it, except, perhaps, as part of a mob. To rebel against the “scientific” establishment, however, is the easiest thing in the world, and anyone can do it and feel enormously brave, without risking as much as a hangnail. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Life
Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
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 & Peace
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. Life
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. Future
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander. Communication & Communications
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. Life
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 don't expect to live forever, but I do intend to hang on as long as possible.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Society
It is not only the living who are killed in war. War & Peace
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
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 & Peace
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. Life ;Death
Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world. Time
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.
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Humor
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' Humor ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult. Nature
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. Society
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle