47 Famous Isaac Asimov Quotes

47 Famous Isaac Asimov Quotes

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Isaac Asimov was an author and biochemistry professor at Boston University. He is most famous for his science fiction books. He was one of the most well worded writers of all time and have written and edited over 500 books. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.

“A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.”

“A planet full of people meant nothing against the dictates of economic necessity!”

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

“All collected data had come to a final end. Nothing was left to be collected.”

“And the hope that the war against folly may someday be won, after all.”

“Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those that live on it.”

“At odd and unpredictable times, we cling in fright to the past.”

“Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”

“Economics is on the side of humanity now.”

“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it.”

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

“I don’t like anything that’s got to be. I want to know why.”

“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.”

“I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God by inventing Hell.”

“I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”

“I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing — to be clear.”

“I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.”

“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. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.”

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

“If there is a misuse of power, it is on her part. My crime is that I have never labored to make myself popular — I admit that much — and I have paid too little attention to fools who are old enough to be senile but young enough to have power.”

“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.”

“It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word “intuition.”

“It’s a poor atom blaster that won’t point both ways.”

“It’s one thing to have guts; it’s another to be crazy.”

“Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field.”

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

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

“Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.”

“Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris.”

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

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

“Secrecy as deep as this is past possibility without nonexistence as well.”

“Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues.”

“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.”

“The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity — a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.”

“The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way…”

“The strain of 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.”

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

“There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.”

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

“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

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

“Tritt listened placidly, clearly understanding nothing, but content to be listening; while Odeen, transmitting nothing, was as clearly content to be lecturing.”

“Well, then, arrest him. You can accuse him of something or other afterward.”

“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.”

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

“You wait for the war to happen like vultures. If you want to help, prevent the war. Don’t save the remnants. Save them all.”