Following is a collection of famous Isaac Asimov quotes that will provide you inspiration an insight on his thought process.

Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was born on January 2, 1920 in Petrovichi, Russian SFSR and moved with his family to United States in 1923. He was a prolific writer and known for his works of Science Fiction and fantasy. Asimov edited more than 500 books and over 90,000 postcards and letters.



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

“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

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

“I suppose there’s no way of putting the mushroom cloud back into that nice, shiny uranium sphere.”
Isaac Asimov, The Complete Stories, Vol 1

“Scientist are human. Unraveling the knots of Nature’s mysteries is a reward in itself; but even so, scientists like to hear the applause of the audience.”
Isaac Asimov, The Tyrannosaurus Prescription and 100 Other Essays

“He was conscious only of the mightiest deed of man; the complete and almost contemptuously final conquest of a world.”
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“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
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“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Isaac Asimov

“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
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“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
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“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
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“But he no longer feared the fear! It was not something to run from, that fear, but something to fight.”
Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun

“Victories over ingrained patterns of thought are not won in a day or a year.”
Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun

“They recognize the Master, now that I have preached Truth to them. All the robots do.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“How harmful overspecialization is. It cuts knowledge at a million points and leaves it bleeding.”
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“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
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“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”
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“Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
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“Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“It’s just that old people always think young people haven’t really learned about love; and young people think that old people have forgotten about love; and, you know, they’re both wrong.”
Isaac Asimov, Nemesis

“It is the invariable lesson to humanity that distance in time, and in space as well, lends focus.”
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“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.”
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“I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.”
Isaac Asimov

“I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.”
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“People think of education as something they can finish.”
Isaac Asimov

“Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.”
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“Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.”
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“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

“Encyclopedias don’t win wars.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Fighting and scars are part of a trader’s overhead. But fighting is only useful when there’s money at the end, and if I can get it without, so much the sweeter.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“You don’t beat refusal to believe in a frontal attack.”
Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves


“My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad job
that he isn’t worth discussing.”
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“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason—if you pick the proper postulates.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

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

“All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.”
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“All evil is good become cancerous.”
Isaac Asimov

“There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven.”
Isaac Asimov

“Don’t you see? It’s Galaxy-wide. It’s a worship of the past. It’s a deterioration – a stagnation!”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“You don’t need schooling to be a philosopher. Just an active mind and experience with life.”
Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation

“Darkness thickened and collapsed about him. Some of it never lifted again.”
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“If you’re born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”
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“The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.”
Isaac Asimov

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”
Isaac Asimov

“We’re forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can’t be understood.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.”
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“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.”
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“To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“It was childish to feel disappointed, but childishness comes almost as naturally to a man as to a child.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.”
Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves

“It is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works.”
Isaac Asimov Quotes, Foundation

“Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

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

“They don’t want equal time – they want all the time there is.”
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“There’s probably no one so easily bribed, but he lacks even the fundamental honesty of honorable corruption. He doesn’t stay bribed; not for any sum.”
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“Human beings sometimes find a kind of pleasure in nursing painful emotions, in blaming themselves without reason or even against reason.”
Isaac Asimov, Robots and Empire

“When asked for advice by beginners. Know your ending, I say, or the river of your story may finally sink into the desert sands and never reach the sea.”
Isaac Asimov, I. 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.”
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“Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don’t see.”
Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.”
Isaac Asimov

“I wanted to be a psychological engineer, but we lacked the facilities, so I did the next best thing – I went into politics. It’s practically the same thing.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Society is much more easily soothed than one’s own conscience.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

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

“You show me someone who can’t understand people and I’ll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation’s Edge

“The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware he is wise.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“The final end of Eternity, and the beginning of Infinity.”
Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity

“Galaxy! When can a man know he is not a puppet? How can a man know he is not a puppet?”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“A persistent rumor has circulates in the USA: There are two intelligent races living on the surface of planet Earth: the standard people and the hungarians.”
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“The whole world might know you and acclaim you, but someone in the past, forever unreachable, forever unknowing, spoils it all.”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
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“It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research.”
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“Above all, never think you’re not good enough. Never think that. In life people will take you at your own reckoning.”
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“It’s your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. ”
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“Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he and his type writer or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the matter.”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

“Even as a youngster, though, I could not bring myself to believe that if knowledge presented danger, the solution was ignorance.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred!”
Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

“A great many things are possible.” And to himself he added: But not practical.”
Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation

“When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.”
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“History was interesting to the extent that it was catastrophic and, while that might make absorbing viewing, it made horrible living.”
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“People who don’t expect justice don’t have to suffer disappointment.”
Isaac Asimov, The Robots of Dawn

“It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true.”
Isaac Asimov

“Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests.”
Isaac Asimov

“Any system which allows men to choose their own future will end by choosing safety and mediocrity, and in such a Reality the stars are out of reach.”
Isaac Asimov

“The troubles of modern life come from being divorced from nature.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“Married life had taught him the futility of arguing with a female in a dark-brown mood.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

“The Master created humans first as the lowest type, most easily formed. Gradually, he replaced them by robots, the next higher step, and finally he created me, to take the place of the last humans.”
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“Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“All normal life, Peter, consciously or otherwise, resent domination. If the domination is by an inferior, or by a supposed inferior, the resentment becomes stronger.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“In the presence of total Darkness, the mind finds it absolutely necessary to create light.”
Isaac Asimov, Nightfall One

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters.”
Isaac Asimov

“Weak emperors mean strong viceroys.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Only a lie that wasn’t ashamed of itself could possibly succeed.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“Meaning well is a poor defense.”
Isaac Asimov, The Robots of Dawn

“The colonization of space is the only possible salvation of Earth.”
Isaac Asimov Quotes, The Caves of Steel

“Give us but the chance and a new generation of Earthmen would grow to maturity, lacking insularity and believing wholeheartedly in the oneness of Man.”
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“There is nothing so eternally adhesive as the memory of power.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“A fire-eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“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 is no right to deny freedom to any object with a mind advanced enough to grasp the concept and desire the state.”
Isaac Asimov, The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories

“Intuition is the art, peculiar to the human mind, of working out the correct answer from data that is, in itself, incomplete or even, perhaps, misleading.”
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“It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation’s Edge

“Aimless extension of knowledge, however, which is what I think you really mean by the term curiosity, is merely inefficiency. I am designed to avoid inefficiency.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

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

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

“You are the only one responsible for your own wants.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“A circle has no end.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“Grip the nettle firmly and it will become a stick with which to beat your enemy.”
Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity

“What would I do if I knew I only had six months to live? Type faster.”
Isaac Asimov

“To insult someone we call him ‘bestial’. For deliberate cruelty and nature, ‘human’ might be the greater insult.”
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“But emotion had come upon him after all. Not for fifty billion people. What in Time did he care for fifty billion people? There was just one. One person.”
Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity

“The word ‘tradition’ covered it all, as it covered so many things, some useful, some foolish.”
Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation

“We’re forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can’t be understood. It’s what makes us men.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“An individual life is one thread in the tapestry and what is one thread compared to the whole?”
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“There’s so much knowledge to be had that specialists cling to their specialties as a shield against having to know anything about anything else. They avoid being drowned.”
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“The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate.”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

“Night will always be a time of fear and insecurity, and the heart will sink with the sun.”
Isaac Asimov, The Stars, Like Dust

“Naturally, there’s got to be a limit for I don’t expect to live forever, but I do intend to hang on as long as possible.”
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“Past glories are poor feeding.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“There is no merit to discipline under ideal circumstances. I must have it in the face of death or it is worthless.”
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“After all, the essential point in running a risk is that the returns justify it.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

“You’ll have such proof as exists. You are the only one responsible for your own wants.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

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

“With the destruction of our social fabric, science will be broken into a million pieces. Individuals will know much of exceedingly tiny facets of what there is to know.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Feet, for tens of thousands of years, had clogged and shuffled in the mud – and held down the minds which, for an equal time, had been fit for the companionship of the stars.”
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“It’s the writing that teaches you.”
Isaac Asimov

“I can’t bear to hear a human being spoken of with contempt just because of his group identification…It’s these respectable people here who create those hooligans out there.”
Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation

“Where is the world whose people don’t prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty?”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Earth

“Mathematicians deal with large numbers sometimes, but never in their income.”
Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation

“The temptation was great to muster what force we could and put up a fight. It’s the easiest way out, and the most satisfactory to self-respect–but, nearly invariably, the stupidest.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties, that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just as infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe.”
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“Do not forget that a traitor within our ranks, known to us, can do more harm to the enemy than a loyal man can do good to us.”
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“All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“Scientific method, hell! No wonder the Galaxy was going to pot.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“You mean that this is a matter of patriotism and traders aren’t patriotic?”
“Notoriously not. Pioneers never are.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true.”
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“One might accept death reasoningly, with every aspect of the conscious mind, but the body was a brute beast that knew nothing of reason.”
Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

“People sometimes mistake their own shortcomings for those of society and want to fix the Cities because they don’t know how to fix themselves.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“I am afraid a monster is grown that will devour all of us. Yet we must fight him.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

“The advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation’s Edge

“There are degrees of justice, Elijah. When the lesser is incompatible with the greater, the lesser must give way.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

“Space, man, have you no respect for science?”
Isaac Asimov Quotes, Foundation

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