Science Fiction on Stamps: Big Three – Isaac Asimov

Science Fiction on Stamps: Big Three – Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (Petrovichi, Soviet Russia, January 2, 1920 – New York, USA, April 6, 1992) was one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers. The remaining two were Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. Today we’ll listen to his words.

Isaac Asimov on… Knowledge & Education

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

“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.”

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

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“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

“The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.”

“All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You’d be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.”

“I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.”

Isaac Asimov on… Writing & Science Fiction

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

“Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.”

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“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.”

“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.”

Isaac Asimov on… Life & Death

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

“I don’t expect to live forever, but I do intend to hang on as long as possible.”

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“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.”

“I don’t believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.”

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”

Isaac Asimov on… Ignorance

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.”

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“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.”

“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.”


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  1. Dave Rodrigues · January 4, 2019 Reply

    A nice read… Keep them coming…

  2. Костя · April 16, 2019 Reply

    Немного знаком с его творчеством, но не знал, что некоторые фильмы ,например такие как я – робот сняты по его книгам. Очень интересно. Красивая коллекция.

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