Isaac Asimov was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920 in Petrovichi, Russia. No accurate records exist of his date of birth. Asimov emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1923, where the family owned and operated a succession of candy stores in…more
There's no actual record of Isaac Asimov's birthday, though many say that it is on January 20, 1920.
Isaac Asimov did not speak Russian.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have ever published books in every Dewey Decimal library category apart from Philosophy.
He is known and famous for penning the 3 Laws of Robotics.
Isaac Asimov disliked travel of any kind, especially air travel.
Isaac Asimov drank alcohol only occasionally.
Isaac Asimov was an atheist though his cultural background was Jewish.
Isaac Asimov was a member of Mensa.
Isaac Asimov liked to work in windowless rooms and enjoyed confined spaces.
He got infected with HIV by transfused blood during heart surgery.
He attended Columbia University a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
He was fluent in Yiddish and English.
When he was five years old, he taught himself how to read.
He was raised in Brooklyn, New York.
He is considered one of the Big Three of science fiction, along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein.
His Astrological sign is Capricorn.
Isaac: 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: 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: 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: 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: Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
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: To introduce something altogether new would mean to begin all over, to become ignorant again, and to run the old, old risk of failing to learn.
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: Things do change. The only question is that since things are deteriorating so quickly, will society and man's habits change quickly enough?
Isaac Asimov: Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov: I don't have a modest bone in my body.
Isaac Asimov: To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.
Isaac Asimov: There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Isaac Asimov: To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Isaac Asimov: When I sit down at the typewriter, I write. Someone once asked me if I had a fixed routine before I start, like setting up exercises, sharpening pencils, or having a drink of orange juice. I said, 'No, the only thing I do before I start writing is to make sure that I'm close enough to the typewriter to reach the keys.
Isaac Asimov: It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov: Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
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: I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
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: Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
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: 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: A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
Isaac Asimov: I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov: Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov: If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov : The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov: Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.
Isaac Asimov: Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov: The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ..
Isaac Asimov: I write for the same reason I breathe, because if I didn't, I would die.
Isaac Asimov: Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Isaac Asimov: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.