"If you want to destroy something in this world - acne, a blemish, a human soul - all you have to do is surround it with walls and it will dry up."
"I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious. Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes."
Ferdinand von Schrubentaufft
"The real danger is not that machines will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like machines."
Sydney J. Harris
What I will be remembered for are the Foundation Trilogy and the Three Laws of Robotics. What I want to be remembered for is no one book, or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.
Yours, Isaac Asimov (20 September 1973)
"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it."
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
A. A. Milne
"Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting."
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance (via 4mbivalent)
"And she hugged me. And I closed my eyes because I wanted to know nothing but her arms."
Stephen Chboksy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (via 4mbivalent)
"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?"
Ernest Hemingway (via kil0joules)
"…One of the most idiotic jeers against animal lovers is the one about their preferring critters to people. As a matter of observation, it will be found that people who ‘care’-about rain forests or animals, miscarriages of justice or dictatorships-are, though frequently irritating, very often the same people. Whereas those who love hamburgers and riskless hunting and mink coats are not in the front ranks of Amnesty International."
Christopher Hitchens, “Political Animals,” Atlantic Monthly, November 2002 (via hitch-22)
"Logical validity is not a guarantee of truth."
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via honeyforthehomeless)
"Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you."
Chuck Klosterman (via bardsandsages)
"A beggar’s mistake harms no one but the beggar. A king’s mistake, however, harms everyone but the king. Too often, the measure of power lies not in the number who obey your will, but in the number who suffer your stupidity."
R. Scott Bakker