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To insult someone we call him 'besti*l. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult.
To insult someone we call him 'besti*l'. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult.
Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage.
Have you ever come across something you couldn't explain?""Explain in what way? I could explain a ghost by saying, 'yes, that's a ghost.' I take it, that's not what you mean.
It's the writing that teaches you.
Have you ever come across something you couldn't explain?""Explain in what way? I could explain a ghost by saying, 'yes, that's a ghost.' I take it that's not what you mean.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
He slept that night the sleep of a successfully stubborn man.
It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.
You are never too old to learn more than you already know and to become able to do more than you already can.
Married life had taught Toran the futility of arguing with a female in dark-brown mood. He shrugged, and left her.
It will all stop someday, but not for billions of years. Many billions. Even the stars run down, you know. Entropy must increase.
To be a writer, you must write. To be a published writer you must finish what you write and then get what you've written in front of the outside world.
Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate.
Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don't see.
Fifty years, " I hackneyed, "is a long time.""Not when you're looking back at them, " she said. "You wonder how they vanished so quickly.
When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.
Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters.
If a conclusion is not poetically balanced, it cannot be scientifically true.
She's qualified all right. She understands robots like a sister—comes from hating human beings so much, I think.
In the empty expanses of space, the wandering traders need men like myself to care for the spiritual side of a life so given over to commerce, and worldly pursuits.
My feeling is, quite simply, that if there is a God, He has done such a bad jobthat he isn't worth discussing.
When I feel difficulty coming on I switch to another book I'm writing. When I get back to the problem my unconscious has solved it.
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end.
Somewhere on the world was the Emperor's palace, set amid one hundred square miles of natural soil, rainbowed with flowers.
People think of education as something they can finish.
Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty?
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.
Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well maybe once.
...Changelessness is decay.""A paradox. There is no decay without a change for the worse.""Changelessness is a change for the worse...
The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.
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.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.
Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
The troubles of modern life come from being divorced from nature.
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred!
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.
They recognize the Master, now that I have preached Truth to them. All the robots do.
And Elvex said, "I was the man." - In "Robot dreams" (Short story)
These are facts which, with the self-evident proposition that no being can create another being superior to itself, smashes your silly hypothesis to nothing.
The clown’s eyes sidled towards her, then drew away quickly. “But they kept me away from you earlier-and, on my word, you may laugh, but I was lonely for missing friendship.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Weak emperors mean strong viceroys.
There was no doubt about it: the City was the culmination of man’s mastery over the environment. Not space travel, not the fifty colonized worlds that were now so haughtily independent, but the City.