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A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
by 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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.
- 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 am not a speed reader.
I am a speed understander.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

Self-education is, I firmly believe,
the only kind of education there is.
- 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 pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
- Albert Einstein

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes
a claim upon men's hearts,
as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

In literature as in ethics, there is danger,
as well as glory, in being subtle.
Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire

My first two records were more energetic;
Phantom Moon is subtle,
quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
- Duncan Sheik

From the subtle to the extreme, our culture and our
values are under unrelenting attack from the media.
- Tammy Bruce

It's not subtle or restrained.
It's not any of the things you like to think apply to your acting.
- Margaret Hamilton

If a fish is the movement of water embodied,
given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
- Doris Lessing

Sexual harassment is complex, subtle,
and highly subjective.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

The more refined and subtle our minds,
the more vulnerable they are.
- Paul Tournier

Canada is the essence of not being.
Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being.
And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour.
- Mike Myers

Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle
philosophical discussion;
America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
- Daniel Bell

A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.
- Annie Leibovitz

Love makes a subtle man out of a crude one,
it gives eloquence to the mute, it gives courage the
cowardly and makes the idle quick and sharp.
- Juan Ruiz

No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the
shoulder blades will cramp his style.
- Steven Brust

I can zero in on subtle things because I'm holding the camera.
- Patrice Leconte

It's a really subtle kind of thing.
It makes me feel like Randy Harrison is not a human being to them.
- Randy Harrison

Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring
out of one language into another it will evaporate.
- John Denham

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our
tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
- Blaise Pascal

I think that one's art is a growth inside one.
I do not think one can explain growth.
It is silent and subtle.
One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.
- Emily Carr

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos,
acoustic bass and it's a dead standard,
you are going to play very differently.
It depends on the music.
- Lee Ritenour

However, some of my work is very subtle,
and one should expect very subtle reactions to it.
- Jim Hodges

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it
becomes more real than reality.
- Alfred Stieglitz

The matter of international relations is very subtle and exquisite.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

The power of ads rests more in the repetition of obvious
exhortations than in the subtle transmission of values.
- Michael Schudson

Joy is a subtle elf; I think one's happiest when he forgets himself.
- Cyril Tourneur

The negative is comparable to the composer's score
and the print to its performance.
Each performance differs in subtle ways.
- Ansel Adams

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors...
it's an extraordinarily subtle language.
Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.
- Conrad Hall


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