Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime.

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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.

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

The most exciting phrase to hear in science the one that heralds new discoveries is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..."

If I am right then [religious fundamentalists] will not go to Heaven because there is no Heaven. If THEY are right then they will not go to Heaven because they are hypocrites.

There is an art to science and a science in art, the two are not enemies but different aspects of the whole.

In 1936 I first wrote science fiction. It was a long-winded attempt at writing an endless novel...which died. I remember one sentence "Whole forests stood sere and brown in midsummer".

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

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.

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

I am the beneficiary of a lucky break in the genetic sweepstakes.

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

I have been told that a young would-be composer wrote to Mozart asking advice as to how to compose a symphony. Mozart responded that a symphony was a complex and demanding form and that it would be better to start with something simpler. The young man protested 'But Herr Mozart you wrote symphonies when you were younger than I am now.' And Mozart replied 'I never asked how.'

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

No one can possibly have lived through the Great Depression without being scarred by it. No amount of experience since the depression can convince someone who has lived through it that the world is safe economically.

Jokes of the proper kind properly told can do more to enlighten questions of politics philosophy and literature than any number of dull arguments.

It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story ... They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author except for the vague thought it might be me. But of course they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything else - and I'm satisfied that it should.

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

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

Early in my school career I turned out to be an incorrigible disciplinary problem. I could understand what the teacher was saying as fast as she could say it I found time hanging heavy so I would occasionally talk to my neighbor. That was my great crime I talked.

I don't believe in personal immortality, the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.

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