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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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

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

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.

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

A robot may not injure humanity or through inaction allow humanity to come to harm. [The Zeroth Law of Robotics]

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

A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. [The Second Law of Robotics]

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. [The Third Law of Robotics]

Until I became a published writer I remained completely ignorant of books on how to write and courses on the subject... they would have spoiled my natural style, made me observe caution, would have hedged me with rules.

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

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

To introduce something altogether new would mean to begin all over to become ignorant again and to run the old old risk of failing to learn.

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.

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

The vast majority who believe in astrology and think that the planets have nothing better to do than form a code that will tell them whether tomorrow is a good day to close a business deal or not become all the more excited and enthusiastic about the bilge when a group of astronomers denounces it.

University President: Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper pencils and erasers...and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers.

When asked what he would do if he only had six months to live: Type faster.

Then Priss arrived dragging a volume of colorlessness in with him a drabness that was unaffected by the noise and the absolute splendor (no other word would describe it - or else it was the two martinis glowing inside me) that filled the room

In life unlike chess the game continues after checkmate

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

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