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Quotes of the Day for 2 January 2003 – Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was born at Petrovichi, Russia on this day in 1920. His family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York, and Asimov went on to Columbia University (BS, MA, and PhD), then taught biochemistry at Boston University until 1958 when he left the classroom to write full time. He wrote a torrent, over 477 titles before his death. One source claims he is the only author to publish at least one book in every major classification of the Dewey decimal system, his works included books on Shakespeare and Biblical studies, science, and, of course, science fiction. His "Foundation Trilogy" totals five volumes and is one of my favorites.

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The quotes:

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.

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

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

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

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' ('I found it!') but rather 'hmm, that's funny...'

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
     - All from Isaac Asimov, 1920 - 1992

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