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Quote: The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know.


Quote: Society is much more easily soothed than one's own conscience. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Society is much more easily soothed than one's own conscience.


Quote: The laws of history are as absolute as the laws of physics, and if the probabilities of error are greater, it is only because history does not deal with as many humans as physics does atoms, so that individual variations count for more. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

The laws of history are as absolute as the laws of physics, and if the probabilities of error are greater, it is only because history does not deal with as many humans as physics does atoms, so that individual variations count for more.




Quote: To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.


Quote: Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'


Quote: Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.


Quote: Oh, for a pin that would puncture pretension! by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Oh, for a pin that would puncture pretension!


Quote: Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.


Quote: It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: There is an art to science, and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: Any book worth banning is a book worth reading. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.


Quote: Economics is on the side of humanity now. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Economics is on the side of humanity now.


Quote: If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success -- but only if you persist. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success -- but only if you persist.






Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: Before another century is done it will be hard for people to imagine a time when humanity was confined to one world, and it will seem to them incredible that there was ever anybody who doubted the value of space and wanted to turn his or her back on the Universe. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Before another century is done it will be hard for people to imagine a time when humanity was confined to one world, and it will seem to them incredible that there was ever anybody who doubted the value of space and wanted to turn his or her back on the Universe.




Quote: Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil--but there is no way around them. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil--but there is no way around them.


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: To insult someone we call him bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, human might be the greater insult. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

To insult someone we call him bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, human might be the greater insult.


Quote: Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.


Quote: Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by -- Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by -- Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.


Quote: Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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.


Quote: Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


Quote: All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.


Quote: I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

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


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