Isaac Asimov Quotes

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

Isaac Asimov (Asimov's Guide to Science, 1972)

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

Isaac Asimov (Foundation)

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

Isaac Asimov

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov (Quoted in Life Magazine, 1984)

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, 1942)

While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream.

Isaac Asimov (Quoted in The Complete Stories, 1990)

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. 

Isaac Asimov

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

Isaac Asimov (Foundation)

It is not only the living who are killed in war.

Isaac Asimov

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.

Isaac Asimov

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

Isaac Asimov

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

Isaac Asimov (Science Past, Science Future, 1975)

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

Isaac Asimov

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

Isaac Asimov (Foundation)

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. 

Isaac Asimov

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.

Isaac Asimov (Quoted in The Atlantic, 1970)

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.

Isaac Asimov

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.

Isaac Asimov (Fantastic Voyage II, 1987)

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.

Isaac Asimov (Quoted in 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said, 2005)

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory" is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.

Isaac Asimov (Remarks to the National Coalition Against Censorship, 1980)

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. 

Isaac Asimov

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words.

Isaac Asimov (I, Asimov: A Memoir, 1994)

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

Isaac Asimov (The Roving Mind, 1983)

There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

Isaac Asimov (The Stars in Their Courses, 1974)

It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.

Isaac Asimov (Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Life in Letters)

The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress.

Isaac Asimov (The Beginning and the End, 1977)

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Isaac Asimov (I, Robot - The First Law of Robotics, 1950)

A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Isaac Asimov (I, Robot - The Second Law of Robotics, 1950)

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Isaac Asimov (I, Robot - The Third Law of Robotics, 1950)

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.

Isaac Asimov (Asimov on Science Fiction, 1981)

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Isaac Asimov Biography

Born: January 2, 1920
Died: April 6, 1992

Isaac Asimov was a Russian born American author, writer and scholar. He is best known as a master of writing science fiction novels.

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Notable Works

I, Robot (1950)
The Caves of Steel (1954)
The Gods Themselves (1972)
Foundation Novels (1951 - 1993)
I. Asimov: A Memoir

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