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

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- 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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It's humbling to think that all animals,
including human beings,
are parasites of the plant world.
- 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

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


 

There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- 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 saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Money is power, and in that government which pays all
the public officers of the states will all political
power be substantially concentrated.
- Andrew Jackson

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
- Albert Einstein

Unquestionably, there is progress.
The average American now pays out twice as much in
taxes as he formerly got in wages.
- H. L. Mencken

It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some
time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
- Margaret Thatcher

Being a nerd really pays off sometimes.
- Ken Jennings

No one has a corner on success.
It is his who pays the price.
- Orison Swett Marden

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue,
if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
- Herman Melville

The men who start out with the notion that the world
owes them a living generally find that the world pays
its debt in the penitentiary or the poor house.
- William Graham Sumner

Obviously crime pays, or there'd be no crime.
- G. Gordon Liddy

Someone pays me a hundred bucks every Tuesday to DJ.
I don't think I'll ever give that up.
- Shannyn Sossamon

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
- George Sewell

It's a sad day when a cartoon is doing more and cares
more and pays more attention to the environment than our president.
- Kathy Najimy

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
- Jonathan Swift

You find out your mistakes from an audience that pays admission.
- Edgar Bergen

Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body,
as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
- Ramakrishna

It is not the employer who pays the wages.
Employers only handle the money.
It is the customer who pays the wages.
- Henry Ford

It's hard for bands to stick it out because people grow up,
and it never really pays off.
If you're looking for some sort of payoff,
it's not gonna happen.
- Thurston Moore

Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude
to the fans and management,
and pays an installment every time he plays.
He should never miss a payment.
- Bobby Hull

Big business never pays a nickel in taxes,
according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer
organization that never pays a nickel in taxes.
- Dave Barry

What we have to get clear to kids is that when you
offer your stillness and open yourself to the experience of music,
it pays you back more than you give.
- David Ogden Stiers

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
- Kin Hubbard

Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her
favors by the shortness of their duration.
She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
- Baltasar Gracian

No one pays me to be nice.
- Aaron Allston

A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you.
- Thomas Leonard

You can take a chance with any man who pays his bills on time.
- Terence

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin


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