97+ Best Isaac Asimov Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Profoundly inspirational Isaac Asimov quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Isaac Asimov Quotes

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. 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. – Isaac Asimov

There’s nothing to it. All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. We’re in no way different ourselves… You show me someone who can’t understand people and I’ll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself. – Isaac Asimov

Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer. – Isaac Asimov

If I had felt then as I feel now, or as I felt a few years after I had married her, nothing could possibly have persuaded me to marry a woman who smoked. Dates, yes. Sexual adventures, yes. But to pin myself permanently inside closed quarters with a smoker? Never. Never. Never. Beauty wouldn’t count, sweetness wouldn’t count, suitability in every other respect wouldn’t count. – Isaac Asimov

I don’t subscribe to the thesis, ‘Let the buyer beware,’ I prefer the disregarded one that goes, ‘Let the seller be honest.’ – Isaac Asimov

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

There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity. – Isaac Asimov

Words are a pretty fuzzy substitute for mathematical equations. – Isaac Asimov

So, the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe. – Isaac Asimov

Once you get it into your head that somebody is controlling events, you can interpret everything in that light and find no reasonable certainty anywhere. – Isaac Asimov

To bring about destruction by overcrowding, mass starvation, anarchy, the destruction of our most cherished values, there is no need to do anything. We need only do nothing except what comes naturally, and breed. And how easy it is to do nothing. – Isaac Asimov

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier, failing that, it does nothing. – Isaac Asimov

Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one-Marie, the famous Madame Curie-and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else. – Isaac Asimov

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don’t know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance. – Isaac Asimov

I would argue that a truly developed country would be beyond Presidents and Kings. In a world with some semblance of equality, each liberal-minded woman, each gay person, and indeed almost every person could be their own President. In a world of equals, what real service does a ruler provide? – Isaac Asimov

It is precisely because it is fashionable for Americans to know no science, even though they may be well educated otherwise, that they so easily fall prey to nonsense. – Isaac Asimov

The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. – Isaac Asimov

How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers. – Isaac Asimov

Old people think young people haven’t learned about love. Young people think old people have forgotten about love. – 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

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

Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies. – Isaac Asimov

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

Every period of human development has had its own particular type of human conflict—its own variety of problem that, apparently, could be settled only by force. And each time, frustratingly enough, force never really settled the problem. Instead, it persisted through a series of conflicts, then vanished of itself—what’s the expression—ah, yes, ‘not with a bang, but a whimper,’ as the economic and social environment changed. And then, new problems, and a new series of wars. – Isaac Asimov

Suppose we were to teach creationism. What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details? – Isaac Asimov

I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be. – Isaac Asimov

The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome. – 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

Intuition is the art, peculiar to the human mind, of working out the correct answer from data that is, in itself, incomplete or even, perhaps, misleading. – Isaac Asimov

Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those that live on it. – Isaac Asimov

People think of education as something that they can finish. – Isaac Asimov

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. – Isaac Asimov

I am not responsible for what other people think. I am responsible only for what I myself think, and I know what that is. No idea I’ve ever come up with has ever struck me as a divine revelation. Nothing I have ever observed leads me to think there is a God watching over me. – Isaac Asimov

Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether they match. – Isaac Asimov

There are so many benefits to be derived from space exploration and exploitation; why not take what seems to me the only chance of escaping what is otherwise the sure destruction of all that humanity has struggled to achieve for 50,000 years? – Isaac Asimov

Education isn’t something you can finish – Isaac Asimov

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

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. – Isaac Asimov

Nonsense! The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise. – Isaac Asimov

The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists. – 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. Although they never advanced this as their reason for resisting it. It was always the good of humanity that rested upon their hearts. – Isaac Asimov

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander. – Isaac Asimov

The Master created humans first as the lowest type, most easily formed. Gradually, he replaced them by robots, the next higher step, and finally he created me, to take the place of the last humans. – 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

Intelligence is an extremely subtle concept. It’s a kind of understanding that flourishes if it’s combined with a good memory but exists anyway even in the absence of good memory. It’s the ability to draw consequences from causes, to make correct inferences, to foresee what might be the result, to work out logical problems, to be reasonable, rational, to have the ability to understand the solution from perhaps insufficient information. You know when a person is intelligent, but you can be easily fooled if you are not yourself intelligent. – Isaac Asimov

The tyranny that now exists is actual. That which may exist in the future is potential. If we are always to draw back from change with the thought that the change may be for the worse, then there is no hope at all of ever escaping injustice. – Isaac Asimov

I have never, in all my life, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find totally satisfying. I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so. – Isaac Asimov

All evil is good become cancerous. – Isaac Asimov

If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true. – Isaac Asimov

It is no defense of superstition and pseudoscience to say that it brings solace and comfort to people… If solace and comfort are how we judge the worth of something, then consider that tobacco brings solace and comfort to smokers; alcohol brings it to drinkers; drugs of all kinds bring it to addicts; the fall of cards and the run of horses bring it to gamblers; cruelty and violence bring it to sociopaths. Judge by solace and comfort only and there is no behavior we ought to interfere with. – Isaac Asimov

If we only obey those rules that we think are just and reasonable, then no rule will stand, for there is no rule that some will not think is unjust and unreasonable. – Isaac Asimov

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. – Isaac Asimov

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

The closer to the truth, the better the lie, and the truth itself, when it can be used, is the best lie. – Isaac Asimov

What is really amazing, and frustrating, is mankind’s habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen catastrophes. – Isaac Asimov

The energy requirements for interstellar travel are so great that it is inconceivable to me that any creatures piloting their ships across the vast depths of space would do so only in order to play games with us over a period of decades. If they want to make contact, they would make contact; if not, they would save their energy and go elsewhere. – Isaac Asimov

The young specialist in English Lit, …lectured me severely on the fact that in every century people have thought they understood the Universe at last, and in every century, they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can say about our modern knowledge is that it is wrong. – Isaac Asimov

Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. – Isaac Asimov

The Three Laws of Robotics: 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law; The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. – Isaac Asimov

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

What would you consider a good job? Answered as follows: A good job is one in which I don’t have to work and get paid a lot of money. When I heard that I cheered and yelled and felt that he should be given an A+, for he had perfectly articulated the American dream of those who despise knowledge. What a politician that kid would have made. – 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 great secret of the successful fool is that he’s no fool at all – Isaac Asimov

Since emotions are few and reasons are many (said the robot Giscard) the behavior of a crowd can be more easily predicted than the behavior of one person. – Isaac Asimov

You show me someone who can’t understand people and I’ll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself. – Isaac Asimov

There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven. – Isaac Asimov

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. – Isaac Asimov

Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly. – Isaac Asimov

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

Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else. – Isaac Asimov

While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream. – Isaac Asimov

You just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans. – Isaac Asimov

There seems to be a feeling that anything that is natural is good. Strychnine is natural. – Isaac Asimov

Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think. – Isaac Asimov

The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying. – Isaac Asimov

The further a device is removed from human control, the more authentically mechanical it seems, and the whole trend in technology has been to devise machines that are less and less under direct human control and more and more under their own apparent will. – Isaac Asimov

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual, we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast. – Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Isaac Asimov

The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know. – 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

Computerization eliminates the middleman – Isaac Asimov

If you suspect that my interest in the Bible is going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain-moving fervor and that I shall suddenly grow long earlocks and learn Hebrew and go about denouncing the heathen – you little know the effect of the Bible on me. Properly read, it is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived. – Isaac Asimov

A scientist is as weak and human as any man, but the pursuit of science may ennoble him even against his will. – Isaac Asimov

When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. – Isaac Asimov

Politically popular speech has always been protected: even the Jews were free to say ‘Heil Hitler.’ – Isaac Asimov

The final end of Eternity, and the beginning of Infinity – Isaac Asimov

Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo. – Isaac Asimov

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

Man’s greatest asset is the unsettled mind. – Isaac Asimov

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. – Isaac Asimov

Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us – and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run. – Isaac Asimov

Life is a journey, but don’t worry, you’ll find a parking spot at the end. – Isaac Asimov

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

Increasingly, our leaders must deal with dangers that threaten the entire world, where an understanding of those dangers and the possible solutions depends on a good grasp of science. The ozone layer, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, questions of diet and heredity. All require scientific literacy. Can Americans choose the proper leaders and support the proper programs if they themselves are scientifically illiterate? The whole premise of democracy is that it is safe to leave important questions to the court of public opinion – but is it safe to leave them to the court of public ignorance? – Isaac Asimov

It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred! – Isaac Asimov

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact. – Isaac Asimov

Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he and his typewriter or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the matter. – Isaac Asimov

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