Isaac Asimov

1920 - 1992

A Quote by Isaac Asimov on knowledge, science, scientists, and time

Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge, but as they grow more elaborate, scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on belief, boredom, heaven, hell, and life

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 (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on mathematics, money, philosophy, and presidency

University President: Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils, and erasers . . . and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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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 computers and fear

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on behavior and emotion

Since emotions are few and reasons many, the behavior of a crowd can be more easily predicted than the behavior of one person can.

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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