We hope you enjoy these Isaac Asimov quotes from the prolific science-fiction author.
Over the course of his lifetime, Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 books and more than 90,000 letters and postcards. He wrote short stories and novels, mostly in the science-fiction genre, though he also wrote mysteries and fantasies as well.
Towards the end of his career, he switched gears and began to write non-fiction books that taught science in an easy-to-understand and humorous way.
Asimov is most well-known for his Foundation series, Galactic series, as well as his I, Robot series. He created the novel Foundation and Earth to tie his three universes together into one.
Considered one of the most influential science-fiction authors of all time, Asimov’s stories have influenced the science-fiction genre tremendously.
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Isaac Asimov quotes about science and science-fiction
1. “There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before.” — Isaac Asimov
2. “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
3. “Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.” — Isaac Asimov
4. “How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.” — Isaac Asimov
5. “Increasingly, our leaders must deal with dangers that threaten the entire world, where an understanding of those dangers and the possible solutions depends on a good grasp of science.” — Isaac Asimov
6. “Can Americans choose the proper leaders and support the proper programs if they themselves are scientifically illiterate?” — Isaac Asimov
7. “I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.” — Isaac Asimov
8. “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.” — Isaac Asimov
9. “It is the nature of science that answers automatically pose new and more subtle questions.” — Isaac Asimov
10. “Ten years on the moon could tell us more about the universe than a thousand years on the earth might be able to.” — Isaac Asimov
11. “The energy requirements of interstellar travel are so great that it is inconceivable to me that any creatures piloting their ships across the vast depths of space would do so only in order to play games with us over a period of decades.” — Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov quotes about education
12. “People think of education as something that they can finish.” — Isaac Asimov
13. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” — Isaac Asimov
14. “Man’s greatest asset is the unsettled mind.” — Isaac Asimov
15. “The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.” — Isaac Asimov
16. “Uncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don’t know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.” — Isaac Asimov
17. “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.” — Isaac Asimov
18. “It is all too easy to forget that there are emotional motivations in history, as well as economic ones.” — Isaac Asimov
19. “Surely there is no language more majestic than that of Shakespeare, Milton, and the King James Bible, and if I am to have one language that I know as only a native can know it, I consider myself unbelievably fortunate that it is English.” — Isaac Asimov
20. “I consider one of the most important duties of any scientist the teaching of science to students and to the general public.” — Isaac Asimov
21. “The dullness of fact is the mother of fiction.” — Isaac Asimov
22. “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” — Isaac Asimov
23. “Though knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” — Isaac Asimov
24. “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’.” — Isaac Asimov
Inspiring Isaac Asimov quotes
25. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” — Isaac Asimov
26. “All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else.” — Isaac Asimov
27. “When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.” — Isaac Asimov
28. “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” — Isaac Asimov
29. “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
30. “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.” — Isaac Asimov
31. “Science-fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.” — Isaac Asimov
32. “If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.” — Isaac Asimov
33. “It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable.” — Isaac Asimov
34. “Predicting the future is a hopeless, thankless task, with ridicule to begin with and, all too often, scorn to end with.” — Isaac Asimov
35. “In the world of today can there be peace anywhere until there is peace everywhere?” — Isaac Asimov
36. “Hypocrisy is a universal phenomenon. It ends with death, but not before.” — Isaac Asimov
37. “To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.” — Isaac Asimov
38. “Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.” — Isaac Asimov
39. “A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.” — Isaac Asimov
40. “For man to become successful, for man to establish himself as the ruler of the planet, it was necessary for him to use his brain as something more than a device to make the daily routine of getting food and evading enemies a little more efficient. Man had to learn to control his environment.” — Isaac Asimov
41. “There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.” — Isaac Asimov
42. “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
43. “It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” — Isaac Asimov
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44. “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” — Isaac Asimov
45. “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
46. “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” — Isaac Asimov
47. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” — Isaac Asimov
48. “Religion is more conservative than any other aspect of human life.” — Isaac Asimov
49. “It is an odd fact that anyone who wishes to start a war must always make it appear that he is fighting in a just cause even if the real motive is naked aggression. Fortunately for the would-be aggressor, a “just cause” is very easy to find.” — Isaac Asimov
50. “There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.” — Isaac Asimov
What did you learn from these Isaac Asimov quotes?
Isaac Asimov was born in Russia in 1920. He moved with his family to America at the age of three and taught himself how to read by age five. Science, education, and writing would become the loves of his life and he would continue to learn, experiment, and create worlds of science fiction until he died in 1992.
Asimov received his doctorate degree in chemistry from Columbia University in 1948. He began teaching biochemistry at Boston University in 1949. Asimov would soon earn more money through writing than through lecturing, though he would remain a professor for the rest of his life, balancing a career in both writing and teaching.
We hope these Isaac Asimov quotes inspire you not only to always be learning but to also let your imagination soar.
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April 27, 2021 7:00 AM EST