Isaac Asimov Quotes

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

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

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

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

 “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”  ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation

 “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” ― Isaac Asimov

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

 “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ― Isaac Asimov

 “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” ― Isaac Asimov

 “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those that live on it.” ― Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

 “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” ― Isaac Asimov

“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…” ― Isaac Asimov

 “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Issac Asimov

 “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” ― Isaac Asimov

 “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation

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

 “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” ― Isaac Asimov

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

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ISAAC ASIMOV, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, Jan. 21, 1980

I wish that I could say I was optimistic about the human race. I love us all, but we are so stupid and shortsighted that I wonder if we can lift our eyes to the world about us long enough not to commit suicide. ISAAC ASIMOV, Yours, Isaac Asimov

Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centures since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly. ISAAC ASIMOV, Canadian Atheists Newsletter, 1994

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ISAAC ASIMOV, Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ISAAC ASIMOV, attributed, The Quotable Intellectual

You don’t need to predict the future. Just choose a future — a good future, a useful future — and make the kind of prediction that will alter human emotions and reactions in such a way that the future you predicted will be brought about. Better to make a good future than predict a bad one. ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation

Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, “I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn’t that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?” ISAAC ASIMOV, I, Asimov: A Memoir

Isaac Asimov Quotes

I discovered, to my amazement, that all through history there had been resistance … and bitter, exaggerated, last-stitch resistance … to every significant technological change that had taken place on earth. Usually the resistance came from those groups who stood to lose influence, status, money…as a result of the change. Although they never advanced this as their reason for resisting it. It was always the good of humanity that rested upon their hearts. ISAAC ASIMOV, lecture at Newark College of Engineering, Nov. 8, 1974

Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us — and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run. ISAAC ASIMOV, The Secret of the Universe

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. ISAAC ASIMOV, Life, Jan. 1984

All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else. ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation’s Edge

There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save. ISAAC ASIMOV, Pebble in the Sky

The human mind works at low efficiency. Twenty percent is the figure usually given. When, momentarily, there is a flash of greater power it is termed a hunch, or insight, or intuition. ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Empire

There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass. ISAAC ASIMOV, The Gods Themselves

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time. ISAAC ASIMOV, Free Inquiry, spring 1982

If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over. ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation

Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases. ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Empire

I never considered myself a patriot. I like to think I recognize only humanity as my nation. ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation’s Edge

Anything you make forbidden gains sexual attractiveness. Would you be particularly interested in women’s breasts if you lived in a society in which they were displayed at all times? ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right! ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.

— Isaac Asimov, ‘Isaac Asimov on Science and the Bible’. In Sidney Hook, et. al. On the Barricades: Religion and Free Inquiry in Conflict (1989), 329.


Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.

Isaac Asimov is best known as the most successful writer of science fiction and popular science books. Asimov opened the doors for the new age of science fiction writing which the world had never tasted before him. Asimov is credited with having edited over 500 books. Asimov’s most successful work was on hard science fiction and his most notable book is the ‘Foundation Series’. Asimov is also widely popular for his easy Physics, astronomy and mathematics books alongside his works on the Bible, William Shakespeare and chemistry. Asimov was a brilliant professor of biochemistry at Boston University. Besides being a prolific writer, Asimov was also an integral part of (President) the American Humanist Association. Asimov is also known for his work as a civilian at the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Naval Air Experimental Station during the World War II. “Robotics” was a term coined by Asimov which went on to become a branch of technology.

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