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The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
by Isaac Asimov

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

Related topics: Science

The true delight is in the finding out,
rather than in the knowing.
- Isaac Asimov

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

 

It's humbling to think that all animals,
including human beings,
are parasites of the plant world.
- Isaac Asimov

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that,
once it is competently programmed and working smoothly,
it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov

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There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- Isaac Asimov

People who think they know everything
are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
- Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers.
I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- Isaac Asimov

Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

I don't believe in personal immortality;
the only way I expect to have some version of such
a thing is through my books.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

I write for the same reason I breathe -
because if I didn't,
I would die.
- Isaac Asimov

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

Self-education is, I firmly believe,
the only kind of education there is.
- Isaac Asimov

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature,
and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live,
I wouldn't brood.
I'd type a little faster.
- Isaac Asimov

Life is pleasant.
Death is peaceful.
It's the transition that's troublesome.
- Isaac Asimov

I have never written a book that didn't teach me
far more than it taught any reader.
- Isaac Asimov

I am not a speed reader.
I am a speed understander.
- Isaac Asimov

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- Isaac Asimov

To insult someone we call him "bestial."
For deliberate cruelty and nature,
"human" might be the greater insult.
- Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through
ignorance that we can solve them.
- Isaac Asimov

Those people who think they know everything are a great
annoyance to those of us who do.
- Isaac Asimov

It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

He had read much, if one considers his long life;
but his contemplation was much more than his reading.
He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other
men he should have known no more than other men.
- Isaac Asimov

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.
- Isaac Asimov

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

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.
- Isaac Asimov

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -
and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge,
so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so,
knowledge remains better than ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got
a little money along with it.
- Rose Kennedy

In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace,
in marriage, in education and on the playing field.
It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
- Marlo Thomas

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

Theater is dangerously open to repetition.
It's exciting when you hit on a new way.
- Fiona Shaw

The danger sensation is exciting.
The challenge is to find new dangers.
- Ayrton Senna

Pear Drops were exciting because they had a dangerous taste.
All of us were warned against eating them,
and the result was that we ate them more than ever.
- Roald Dahl

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
This makes poetry very exciting, unstable,
and interactive.
- John Barton

The thrill I got discovering Buster Keaton when I was
growing up was so exciting.
He was one of the greats.
- John Cleese

That is the exciting thing: I don't know what God has given me for tomorrow.
- Barbara Mandrell

Television is in a different time because of reality television,
so it's not as exciting.
- Shemar Moore

Of course watching a particularly exciting game or
a wonderful contestant is always a joy.
- Randy West

And exciting buildings are fine periodically.
- Minoru Yamasaki

You can do anything, literally, right? That's one of
the exciting possibilities of the present.
- Charles Olson

The marvels of daily life are exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
- Robert Doisneau

You have to be careful not to let your fear stop you doing things.
It's very exciting to test yourself.
- Francesca Annis

It's really exciting and kind of special,
especially having our own band.
It's just completely different.
- Nicole Appleton

Then, as now, the Disney studio buzzed with activity.
You had a strong impression of being at the center
of something very exciting.
- Annette Funicello

There is another thing about a kid, if we all remember,
that you have an attraction to evil.
Evil is exciting and evil is interesting,
and plenty of kids have a fascination for it.
- Thomas Foran

I just go with the flow, so any style can be in my music -
that makes it exciting.
- Yoko Ono

That profound night freedom was agreeable and exciting.
- Carmen Laforet

Each week, from a different point of view,
you get another look at God, and that's exciting to me.
- Della Reese

It is amazing how the public steadfastly refuse to
attend the third day of a match when so often the last
day produces the best and most exciting cricket.
- Frank Woolley

When Blur first started and we were playing Manchester
the Hacienda was the place to go.
That was where a lot of exciting stuff was happening
and London was pretty dead.
- Graham Coxon

It was both exciting and frustrating to work with an orchestral group.
- Ken Hensley

As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war.
It was exciting to think that I could write about World
War Two from a totally new place.
- Michael Chabon


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