Isaac Asimov

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all.

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

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

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

People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds up a mirror for you?

The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise.

Violence is the diplomacy of the incompetent.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'

The three fundamental Rules of Robotics...One: a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm...Two:..a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law...Three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.