Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov (/ˈaɪzᵻk ˈæzᵻmɒv/; born Isaak Ozimov; circa January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification. 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. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, beginning wit... More

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Isaac Asimov #Society

Photo of Isaac Asimov When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.
Isaac Asimov #Business

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.
Isaac Asimov #Computers #Fear

Photo of Isaac Asimov I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov #Computers

Photo of Isaac Asimov Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
Isaac Asimov #Death #Life

Photo of Isaac Asimov Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov #Education

Photo of Isaac Asimov Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Isaac Asimov #Science

Photo of Isaac Asimov Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov #Funny #Great

Photo of Isaac Asimov People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov #Funny #Science

Photo of Isaac Asimov The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov #Future

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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 #God

Photo of Isaac Asimov To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Isaac Asimov #Knowledge

Photo of Isaac Asimov If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov #Nature

Photo of Isaac Asimov To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult.
Isaac Asimov #Life

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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 #Men

Photo of Isaac Asimov He had read much, if one considers his long life but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
Isaac Asimov #War

Photo of Isaac Asimov It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Isaac Asimov #Science

Photo of Isaac Asimov Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Isaac Asimov #Science

Photo of Isaac Asimov There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Isaac Asimov #War

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.
Isaac Asimov #Medical #Men

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.
Isaac Asimov #Good

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.
Isaac Asimov #Great

Photo of Isaac Asimov A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
Isaac Asimov #Knowledge #Learning

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.
Isaac Asimov #Knowledge #Life #Science #Society #Wisdom

Photo of Isaac Asimov The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov #War

Photo of Isaac Asimov 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.