You know that prudery is only the other side of prurience. The words are even on the same page in the dictionary.
Section 3, Chapter 12, p. 244
There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science ; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.Isaac Asimov"The “Threat” of Creationism" in New York Times Magazine (14 June 1981) reprinted Science and Creationism (1984) edited by M. F. Ashley Montagu
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov, Foundation, Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1942, (This appears three times in "Bridle and Saddle" which is titled "The Mayors" in the 1951 novelization). It plays on the famous quote by Samuel Johnson (1775): "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris.Isaac Asimov"By Jove!" in View from a Height (1963); often misquoted as "Jupiter plus debris".
There is no belief , however foolish , that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death .Isaac AsimovThe Stars in Their Courses (1974), p. 36
There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved.Isaac AsimovDoctor Susan Calvin in "Robot Dreams" in Robot Dreams (1986)
I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing to be clear . I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics Well, they can do whatever they wish.Isaac AsimovIntroduction to Nemesis (1989)
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.Isaac Asimov"Runaround" in Astounding Science Fiction (March 1942); later published in I, Robot (1950). This statement is known as "The Third Law of Robotics"
A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.Isaac AsimovRobots and Empire (1985) This statement is known as "The Zeroth Law of Robotics"; a variant of it first occurred in The Evitable Conflict (1950) as: No robot may harm humanity, or through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy , a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.Isaac AsimovPart I, The Psychohistorians, section 6
“That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That ” Hardin broke in: “Not at all. He’s merely the product of his environment . He doesn’t understand much except that ‘I got a gun and you ain’t.’ ”Isaac AsimovPart II, The Encyclopedists, section 2 (originally published as “Foundation” in Astounding (May 1942))
A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.Isaac AsimovPart III, The Mayors, section 9
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right .Isaac AsimovPart IV, The Traders, section 1 (originally published as “The Wedge” in Astounding (October 1944))
“Ponyets! They sent you?” “Pure chance,” said Ponyets, bitterly, “or the work of my own personal malevolent demon.”Isaac AsimovPart IV, The Traders, section 3
It’s a poor atom blaster that won’t point both ways.Isaac AsimovPart V, The Merchant Princes, section 18
He is a dreamer of ancient times, or rather, of the myths of what ancient times used to be. Such men are harmless in themselves, but their queer lack of realism makes them fools for others.Isaac AsimovChapter 4 “The Emperor” (in part I, “The General” originally published as “Dead Hand” in Astounding (April 1945))
At odd and unpredictable times, we cling in fright to the past .Isaac AsimovChapter 1 “Councilman” section 1, p. 4
We abandoned the appearance of power to preserve the essence of it.Isaac AsimovChapter 20 “Conclusion” section 1, p. 408
To Mankind And the hope that the war against folly may someday be won, after all.Isaac AsimovDedication, p. 5; this refers to the quotation of Friedrich Schiller from which Asimov derived the title of this novel: "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain."
There are no happy endings in history , only crisis points that pass.Isaac AsimovSection 3, Chapter 19, p. 287
Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise even in their own field.Isaac AsimovCh. 25 (Foundation’s Edge (1982))
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