Isaac Asimov

1920 - 1992

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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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on death, life, and peace

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on laughter and religion

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on existence, promises, science, truth, and universe

Science does not promise absolute truth, nor does it consider that such a thing necessarily exists. Science does not even promise that everything in the universe is amenable to the scientific process.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on atoms, beginning, practicality, and travel

At two-tenths the speed of light, dust and atoms might not do significant damage even in a voyage of 40 years, but the faster you go, the worse it is - space begins to become abrasive. When you begin to approach the speed of light, hydrogen atoms become cosmic-ray particles, and they will fry the crew. . . . So 60,000 kilometers per second may be the practical speed limit for space travel.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: ‘Sail On! Sail On!’ in The Relativity of Wrong, Kensington Books, NY, 1996, p 220.

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on change, decisions, fiction, science, society, thinking, and world

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 every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on christmas, disaster, fear, force, joy, military, peace, persuasion, seasons, time, and world

The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: United Nations, New York, December 25.

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