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To insult someone we call him "bestial."
by Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insult comes not from the mouth,
but from the ear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no great invention, from fire to flying,
which has not been hailed as an insult to some god.
- John B. S. Haldane

Adding "just kidding" doesn't make it okay to insult the Principal.
- Nancy Cartwright

Ugly.
Is irrelevant.
It is an immeasurable insult to a woman,
and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman.
But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.
- Margaret Cho

I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they
insult you they do it so nicely.
- Josephine Baker

We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but
we never doubt that the U.S.
has a unique position in the history of human hopes.
- Ferdinand Mount

Never insult anyone by accident.
- Robert A. Heinlein

If they had said my writing wasn't good enough,
fair enough, that's an opinion.
But to say it's too complex is to insult the intelligence of the so-called young.
- Tanith Lee

I love women.
I'm trying to do beautiful things with them.
I'm not trying to insult them.
My life is not about that.
- Calvin Klein

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own
liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.
- Benjamin Tucker

A stiff apology is a second insult...
The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged;
he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you can't ignore an insult, top it;
if you can't top it,
laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off,
it's probably deserved.
- Russell Lynes

Sometimes I think I might insult people by being openly flirtatious,
then snatching it back.
- Dominique Swain

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently,
or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much
sooner forgotten than an insult.
- Lord Chesterfield

Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,'
I says,
'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.
- Edward Abbey

Pornography is the attempt to insult sex,
to do dirt on it.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once.
It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully.
Temperance is wickedness.
- Stephen Fry

The vanity of men, a constant insult to women,
is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim
of superior sensitivity and morality.
- Patricia Meyer Spacks

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that
you really believe what you just said.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

I just don't believe that you have to come in and insult
people when you want to change things.
- Sydney Schanberg

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
- Frederick Douglass

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.
- Cordell Hull

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The master class seldom lose a chance to insult a woman
who has the ability for something besides service to his lordship.
- Caroline Nichols Churchill

To limit the press is to insult a nation;
to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare
the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less
of an insult than religion.
- Edmond de Goncourt

Old age is an insult.
It's like being smacked.
- Lawrence Durrell

Ultimately, there is no compromise.
Westerners will either retain their civilization,
including the right to insult and blaspheme,
or not.
- Daniel Pipes


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