Isaac Asimov

1920 - 1992

A Quote by Isaac Asimov on choice, control, destruction, endurance, eternity, ignorance, knowledge, learning, life, universe, and wonder

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. It is better to know even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: The New Hugo Winners

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on observation and writers

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.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on belief, education, and kindness

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

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on reputation

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

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on persistence, success, talent, and work

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 (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on ignorance, problems, and science

Though science can cause problems, it is not by ignorance that we will solve them.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on difficulty, life, and philosophy

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on earth, facts, justice, knowledge, people, thinking, thought, understanding, and universe

(With reference to a correspondent) The young specialist in English Lit . . . lectured me severely on the fact that in every century people have thought they understood the Universe at last, and in every century they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can say about our modern "knowledge" is that it is wrong. . . . My answer to him was, ". . . 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."

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: Isaac Asimov,The Relativity of Wrong, Kensington Books, NY, 1996, p 226.

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on conflict, existence, inaction, and laws

One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: Laws of Robotics from I. Robot, 1950

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on elderly, emotion, ideas, and scientists

(but, in rebuttal) When, however, the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion the distinguished but elderly scientists are then, after all, probably right.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: 'Fantasy & Science Fiction' 1977

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