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The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
by Isaac Asimov

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

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Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

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John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers.
I fear the lack of them.
- 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


 

There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- Isaac Asimov

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up.
You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who
claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov

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

It's humbling to think that all animals,
including human beings,
are parasites of the plant world.
- Isaac Asimov

Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- 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

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

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

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- Isaac Asimov

And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself.
A man should never think that.
My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature,
and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov

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

To insult someone we call him "bestial."
For deliberate cruelty and nature,
"human" might be the greater insult.
- Isaac Asimov

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

I have never written a book that didn't teach me
far more than it taught any reader.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

It takes more than capital to swing business.
You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative,
and Dynamics.
- Isaac Asimov

It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

I don't believe in personal immortality;
the only way I expect to have some version of such
a thing is through my books.
- Isaac Asimov

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

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial
as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -
but the core of science fiction,
its essence has become crucial to our salvation if
we are to be saved at all.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- 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

From my close observation of writers...
they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously
and visibly at any bad review,
and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
- 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.
- Isaac Asimov

He had read much, if one considers his long life;
but his contemplation was much more than his reading.
He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other
men he should have known no more than other men.
- Isaac Asimov

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace,
in marriage, in education and on the playing field.
It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
- Marlo Thomas

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got
a little money along with it.
- Rose Kennedy

Security is, I would say, our top priority because
for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers -
organizing your lives,
staying in touch with people, being creative -
if we don't solve these security problems,
then people will hold back.
- Bill Gates

A live concert to me is exciting because of all the
electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage.
It's my favorite part of the business,
live concerts.
- Elvis Presley

But staying awake is not real exciting for people to watch.
- Randy Gardner

I'm writing what comes into my head,
or through me,
or from somewhere else, and it is the most extraordinary,
exciting thing.
I love it, and I'm very greedy, and I really enjoy it!
- Tanith Lee

We believe we've got the skill base and the techniques
to supply the chips that really enable the end manufacturers to develop exciting,
innovative products themselves.
- David Milne

I think the accessories look very modern and very exciting.
These big earrings, these big hoops.
I think the girls are sort of falling in love with...
collars, neck collars.
- Ralph Lauren

There is another thing about a kid, if we all remember,
that you have an attraction to evil.
Evil is exciting and evil is interesting,
and plenty of kids have a fascination for it.
- Thomas Foran

Hope is the most exciting thing there is in life.
- Mandy Moore

Geometry was the first exciting course I remember.
- Steven Chu

I also believe that writing becomes worthwhile and
vitalized only through a full and exciting life.
- Esther Forbes

I don't think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more.
Our culture is evolving.
This is an exciting time to be living.
- Andrew Lang

Allthough that doesn't happen often lately,
I like to read exciting thrillers and those kinky magazines.
- Jonathan Brandis

Everything Marilyn does is different from any other woman,
strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the
way she uses that magnificent torso.
- Clark Gable

If NASCAR racing gets any more exciting,
I may not be able to stand it.
- Roger Staubach

The problem with doing a schlocky or big budget studio
film is that it wouldn't actually be fun for me.
It wouldn't be exciting.
- David Cronenberg

It was kind of exciting being on the radio.
Not everybody was on the radio.
- Sam Donaldson

The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated
by forces beyond your control.
- Ogden Nash

We opened a design center in the South of England last
year as part of our strategy for being close to our
customers and developing innovative products for exciting new markets.
- David Milne

Children are already accustomed to a world that moves
faster and is more exciting than anything a teacher
in front of a classroom can do.
- Major Owens

My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker.
My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning
was the most exciting thing that could happen to you,
and it never ends.
- Rita Dove

It's really exciting and kind of special,
especially having our own band.
It's just completely different.
- Nicole Appleton

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

I made up my mind several years ago that I had worked
very hard to get to where I am in life and that I was
only going to do things that are fun and exciting.
- Andy Williams


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