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1920 - 1992, American author and biochemist

The first law of dietetics seems to be: If it tastes good, it's bad for you.
Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

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

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.
Isaac Asimov

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

You don't need to predict the future. Just choose a future - a good future, a useful future -
and make the kind of prediction that will alter human emotions and reactions in such a way
that the future you predicted will be brought about. Better to make a good future than
predict a bad one.
Isaac Asimov

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

The cure for advanced gullibility is to go to sleep and consider matters again the next day.
Isaac Asimov

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.
Isaac Asimov

It is well-known that the friend of a conqueror is but the last victim.
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

I write for the same reason I breathe... because if I didn't, I would die.
Isaac Asimov

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

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.
Isaac Asimov

My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job that he isn't
worth discussing.
Isaac Asimov

There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend
it to the death.
Isaac Asimov

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

Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics,
philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
Isaac Asimov

There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his
own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.
Isaac Asimov

If I am right, then (religious fundamentalists) will not go to Heaven, because there is no
Heaven. If they are right, then they will not go to Heaven, because they are hypocrites.
Isaac Asimov

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

Custom is second nature. Be accustomed to a bald head, sufficiently accustomed, and hair on
it would seem monstrous.
Isaac Asimov

I discovered, to my amazement, that all through history there had been resistance... and
bitter, exaggerated, last-stitch resistance... to every significant technological change that
had taken place on earth. Usually the resistance came from those groups who stood to lose
influence, status, money... as a result of the change.
Isaac Asimov

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

I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God
by inventing hell.
Isaac Asimov

Oh, for a pin that would puncture pretension!
Isaac Asimov, Buy Jupiter and Other Stories

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not
"Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..."
Isaac Asimov

An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.
Isaac Asimov

Anything you make forbidden gains sexual attractiveness. Would you be particularly interested
in women's breasts if you lived in a society in which they were displayed at all times?
Isaac Asimov

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.... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our
businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
Isaac Asimov

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.
Isaac Asimov

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
Isaac Asimov

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