One of the most prolific, innovative and visionary authors of the 20th century was undoubtedly Isaac Asimov. Today we remember his most famous quotes about the present and the future, of which he loved to write so much.
This Russian-born, American national was born January 2, 1920 and died in New York, USA, on April 6, 1992 at age 72. He wrote some of the most important science fiction literary works in history, such as the famous Foundation Saga. We compile some of the most famous quotes of this convinced atheist and hardened scientific disseminator who sums up his critical way of thinking.
“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.”
“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.”
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'”
“To insult someone we call him 'bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult.”
“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”
“Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.”
“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
“I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.”
“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.”
“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.”
The Three Laws of Robotics:
1. A robot cannot harm a human being and can’t allow a human being to suffer harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given by human beings except when such orders conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence to the extent that this protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.