Isaac Asimov’s books are crucial to the sci-fi genre, and he wrote a ton of them. He wrote and edited hundreds of novels, and many of them have gone on to influence generations of writers. He was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. Not too shabby.
Asimov’s writings didn’t necessarily predict technologies, but they were predictive and inspirational to current trends. For example, Elon Musk famously sent Asimov’s Foundation series to Mars with the first launch of his Falcon Heavy Rocket. So Asimov didn’t only inspire writers, he also inspired billionaire industrialist tycoons. Of his millions and millions of words written, here are a select few that showcase his wisdom (and humor). Enjoy! And consider giving sci-fi a try.
1. If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
2. Can the word ‘best’ mean anything at all, except to some particular person in some particular mood?
3. There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.
4. Any planet is “Earth” to those that live on it.
5. Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
6. 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.”
7. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny…’
8. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
9. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
10. In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
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