Isaac Asimov Quotes on Science & Life
Dr. Isaac Asimov, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right. Published in 1965, this photo also appears on the jacket of the Doubleday first edition of Nine Tomorrows so date of creation can be no later than 1959. Source:

Isaac Asimov Quotes on Science & Life


Many have read the Foundation series or I, Robot and have seen the logic involved in the mind of Isaac Asimov. There is hardly a word that is solely poetic in nature and without a logical reasoning that it was used to explain events to follow or as a reason previously described. Like his stories, Isaac Asimov quotes are based on questioning the simplistic reasoning for everything and anything.

In 1920 Asimov was born in Petrovichi Smolensk, a Russian rural locality. His family of Russian-Jewish millers, relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 1923 in search of a better life. His parents owned candy stores where young Asimov would gain an interest in reading and politics from reading the newspapers that were sold there. He attended the Seth Lo Junior College as a scholarship recipient and majored in zoology until asked to dissect a cat, which he objected. As a chemistry major, he would graduate and continue his studies to attain his Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry. During his time in college, he would serve his country’s efforts during World War II by participating as a chemist in Philadelphia. He would be drafted into service in September 1945, but released from service honorably when a clerical mistake was found that he was ineligible due to his age.

Interestingly, he was known as a claustrophile, which means he enjoyed being in small spaces. Flying was something that he had a terrible fear of and only flew twice in his lifetime. He never learned to swim or ride a bike as he was known to have very little physical dexterity. As a member of Mensa International, he reluctantly participated due to his feelings on the other participants as being snobbish about their intellect. A founding member of the Committee for scientific Claims of the Paranormal, he was also known for his skepticism. Another of Asimov’s many memberships was the American Humanist Association where he was president from 1985 to 1992, a signer of its manifesto, and named Humanist of the Year in 1984.

Since 1929, Asimov was a fan of science fiction. His ability to take science fiction from a youth’s story of exploration to an adult conceptual and philosophical context made him a celebrity. The majority of his writings were in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, the hay-day of science fiction, but he continued to contribute to the stories until 1992, when he died of HIV from a blood transfusion during a triple bypass surgery in 1983.

Here are some Isaac Asimov Quotes:

  1. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
  2. “All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else.”
  3. “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”
  4. “I never considered myself a patriot. I like to think I recognize only humanity as my nation.”
  5. “There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.”
  6. “If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over.”
  7. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
  8. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
  9. “Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases.”
  10. “Only a lie that wasn’t ashamed of itself could possibly succeed.”
  11. “It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.”
  12. “There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before.”
  13. “I suppose he’s entitled to his opinion, but I don’t suppose it very hard.”
  14. “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
  15. “If we only obey those rules that we think are just and reasonable, then no rule will stand, for there is no rule that some will not think is unjust and unreasonable.”
  16. “Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.”
  17. “All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.”
  18. “The spell of power never quite releases its hold.”
  19. “I fear my ignorance.”
  20. “The downtrodden are more religious than the satisfied.”


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