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Isaac Asimov Quote: “Yet he had expended much of an inquisitive nature upon random reading. By the sheer force of indiscriminate voracity, he had gleaned a smattering of practically everything, and by means of a trick memory had managed to keep it all straight.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “There are degrees of justice, Elijah. When the lesser is incompatable with the greater, the lesser must give way.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Of course, the reader might argue that I was as stubborn in my viewpoint as they were in theirs. Yes, indeed, but I was right and they were wrong and that made the difference.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “That was the trouble with the Outside. One teetered forever between unpleasant alternatives.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “They are useful, but they are too strong – and too uncontrolled. They are Outlanders, educated apart from religion. On the one hand, we put knowledge into their hands, and on the other, we remove our strongest hold upon them.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Let us assume you’ve made your point.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Look heah, now, I’ve got the wuhks of all the old mastahs – the gweat ahchaeologists of the past. I wigh them against each othah – balance the disagweements – analyze the conflicting statements – decide which is pwobably cowwect – and come to a conclusion. That is the scientific method. At least” – patronizingly – “as I see it.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “A strong offensive is indicated. The stalemate you seem to be satisfied with is fatal. It would be a confession of weakness to all the worlds of the Periphery, where the appearance of strength is all-important, and there’s not one vulture among.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “To the philosophical mind, these items might seem scarcely worth any great trouble to acquire. Yet no one, however philosophical, could give up those privileges, once acquired, without a pang. That was the point.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “His honor, rests in the very actions that led to his conviction and death. It is beyond your power to add to or detract from it.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “We can’t give up just because the Universe does.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “With the destruction of our social fabric, science will be broken into a million pieces. Individuals will know much of exceedingly tiny facets of what there is to know.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Their whole training has been authoritarian. They are sure that the Emperor, just because he is the Emperor, is all-powerful. And they are sure that the Board of Trustees, simply because it is the Board of Trustees acting in the name of the Emperor, cannot be in a position where it does not give the orders.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “The elderly man, flushed with pleasure, was recounting in voluble fashion his experiences and impressions. His wife joined in periodically, with meticulous corrections involving completely unimportant points; these being given and taken in the best of humor.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Battling a sickness of the spirit was like standing in a quickstand and beating it with a stick.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “When one begins by expressing lack of competence in a given field, it usually implies that a flat opinion in that field will follow almost immediately.”
Isaac Asimov 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. 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.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Some day, with all that the Cities could do, the available calories per person would simply fall below basic subsistence level.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “When one’s home has a really excellent computer capable of reaching other computers anywhere in the Galaxy, one scarcely needs to budge, you know.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Hardin, as he sat at the foot of the table, speculated idly as to just what it was that made physical scientists such poor administrators. It might be merely that they were too used to inflexible fact and far too unused to pliable people.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Where history concerns mainly personalities, the drawings become either black or white according to the interests of the writer.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Now a human caught in an impossibility often responds by a retreat from reality: by entry into a world of delusion, or by taking to drink, going of into hysteria, or jumping off a bridge. It all comes to the same thing-a refusal or inability to face the situation squarely.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, “I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn’t that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Since I do not believe in so many things, it is not difficult for me to disbelieve in the Fall as well, so that I am entirely convinced I will be telling the truth to the people.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Don’t you think my interest can be real, even granted that it is professional, too?” “No, I don’t.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “They work off all their resentments, enjoy all the smug self-satisfaction a young revolutionary would have, and by the time they take their place in the Imperial hierarchy, they are ready to settle down into conformity and obedience.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “And now a hundred subjective years had passed in those hundred objective hours and he could no longer clearly visualize the university at all or the life of sad frustration he had been leading there toward the end.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Often, one compensates by playing an instrument, or going hiking, or joining some club. In other words, one creates a new type of society, when not working, in which one can feel more at home.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Work of each individual contributes to a totality and so becomes undying part of a totality. That totality is human life. Past and present and to come forms a tapestry that has been in existence now for many tens and thousands of years. And has been growing more elaborate, and on the whole more beautiful.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Any decent politician is masochistic enough to dream now and then of going down in flames while the angels sing.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Often, this has only meant a change in tyranny. In other words, one ruling class is replaced by another – sometimes by one that is more efficient and therefore still more capable of maintaining itself – while the poor and downtrodden remain poor and downtrodden or become even worse off.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusing. In fact, I think I sometimes detect conspiratorial plottings among my friends to protect me against my own lack of sophistication. I don’t mind. I suspect that I am never quite as unsophisticated as they think I am, but I don’t mind.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “He clearly knew how dangerous it was to have an excited twelve-year-old handling a powerful weapon.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Ideally, the Jump took zero-time – literally zero – and, if it were carried through with perfect smoothness, there would not, could not be any biological sensation at all. Physicists maintained, however, that perfect smoothness required infinite energy so that there was always an “effective time” that was not quite zero, though it could be made as short as desired. It was that which produced that odd and essentially harmless feeling of inversion.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Dors muttered to him, “Stop studying humanity. Be aware of your surroundings.” “I’ll try.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “An unpleasant nest of nasty, materialistic and aggressive people, careless of the rights of others, imperfectly democratic at home though quick to see the minor slaveries of others, and greedy without end.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “He slept that night the sleep of a successfully stubborn man.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Darkness thickened and collapsed about him. Some of it never lifted again.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Force yourself to laugh and you’ll soon find something to laugh about. A being causes his own feelings. Splurge on it!”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “To him, a stilted geometric love of arrangement was “system,” an indefatigable and feverish interest in the pettiest facets of day-to-day bureaucracy was “industry,” indecision when right was “caution,” and blind stubbornness when wrong, “determination.” And withal he wasted no money, killed no man needlessly, and meant extremely well.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “The unwritten motto of United States Robot and Mechanical Men Corp. was well-known: “No employee makes the same mistake twice. He is fired the first time.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “No individual death among human beings is important. Someone who dies leaves his work behind and that does not entirely die. It never entirely dies as long as humanity exists.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “You lack the capacity to decipher this particular puzzle.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Without the interplay of human against human, the chief interest in life is gone; most of the intellectual values are gone; most of the reason for living is gone.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Beliefs can’t be shaken short of a major shock, in which case, a fairly complete mental discruption results. Mild cases – hysteria, morbid sense of insecurity. Advanced cases – madness and suicide.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Being helpless is one of the things that isn’t altogether amusing.” – Gilbert.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Even Magnifico was put to work on the calculating machine for routine computations, a type of work, which, once explained, was a source of great amusement to him and at which he was surprisingly proficient.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “Pions are the mediating particles of the strong nuclear interaction. The intensity of the interaction depends on the mass of the pions and that mass can, under certain specialized conditions, be altered. The Lunar physicists have developed an instrument they call the Pionizer, which can be made to do jut such a thing. Once the pion’s mass is decreased, or increased for that matter, it is, effectively, part of another Universe; it becomes a gateway, a crossing point.”
Isaac Asimov Quote: “He would do worse than his worst if he had to.”
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