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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
by Isaac Asimov

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

Related topics: Science

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
- Charlie Chaplin

The saddest songs are written when a person is happy.
- Merle Travis

We look before and after, And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

It's the most extraordinary and saddest thing,
the amount of talent out there not being seen.
- Gedde Watanabe

Cancer Boy probably has the saddest,
noblest,
sweetest heart of any character I've ever done.
- Bruce McCulloch

It was just like Howlin' Wolf.
Once you arrive at the point that you understand it,
the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.
- Robert Quine

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things.
The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions:
could have,
might have, and should have.
- Louis E. Boone

The saddest thing that befalls a soul Is when it loses faith in God and woman.
- Alexander Smith

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A man willing to work, and unable to find work,
is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
- Thomas Carlyle

There were a lot of areas we didn't cover that I'm
hoping to cover if we do some specials.
One is to see more of Patsy's home and her home life,
which is just the saddest thing.
- Jennifer Saunders

For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory
of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its
possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time.
- George Sutherland

I think the saddest moment in my life just happened two months ago.
My old nightclub partner passed away,
Phil Erickson down in Atlanta.
He - I owe him everything.
He put me in the business and taught me about everything I know.
- Dick Van Dyke

One of the saddest realities is that we never know
when our lives are at their peak.
Only after it is over and we have some kind of perspective
do we realize how good we had it a day,
a month, five years ago.
- Jonathan Carroll

Healthy choices thread through every aspect of life.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases,
manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I like the gypsy aspect of this business.
- Jimmy Smits

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press,
and freedom of religion all have a double aspect -
freedom of thought and freedom of action.
- Frank Murphy

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

This circus games aspect has existed since the beginning of my career.
- Placido Domingo

In love's godlike breathing, there's the innermost aspect of the universe.
- Alexander Scriabin

Most people, even among those who know Shakespeare
well and come into real contact with his mind,
are inclined to isolate and exaggerate some one aspect of the tragic fact.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

One of the things I've always personally tried to stress
with this band was to have some kind of visual aspect
and to be consistent with it -
like,
not to change.
- Peter Steele

As I've gone along, I felt like I was discovering an
aspect of my voice that I didn't know was there:
an ability to interpret a song in a way that makes it more accessible.
- Tom Wopat

I love England and the historical aspect of it.
- Dennis Farina


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