Jim Westergren
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My Favorite Quotes

Here are some very good quotes and they are in the area of philosophy, future and Science Fiction.

“I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” – Isaac Asimov

“He is able who think he is able” – Gautama Buddha

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

“The challenge is not in seeing new places but in having new eyes.” – Proust

“Whatever I see something as, depending on my perception of it, that”s what it will be to me.” – Amit

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“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

“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H. Schuller

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

“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

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

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

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Almost always the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Winston Churchill

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe, and seeing whether they match.” – Isaac Asimov

“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God.” – Shermer’s Last Law

“In considering the future society, let us assume that 1)there will be no nuclear war; 2)the population will increase but not disastrously; and 3) the trend toward automation will continue. In that case, the kind of work that will be done in the future will tend to be more and more that of supervision of the machinery that does the real work….Because the type of work will be just as applicable to women as to men, the trend toward sexual equality will be accelerated. This means there will be more and more leisure in the world, and the leisure will have to be filled because doing nothing is a terrible chore and very painful for any mind above that of an idiot. This means there will be a great emphasis on creativity and the purveying of amusement.” – Isaac Asimov, 1969

“For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects. ” – Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek

“Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.” – Ray Bradbury

“It is always hard to face up to a complex world, try to figure out what makes it tick, try to cope with it, survive and triumph over it. But this is precisely what science fiction strives toward … Through science fiction the human race can try experiments in imagination too critically dangerous to try in fact.” – Robert Heinlein

“The future. Space travel, or cosmology. Alternate universes. Time travel. Robots. Marvelous inventions. Immortality. Catastrophes. Aliens. Superman. Other dimensions. Inner space, or the psyche. These are the ideas that are essential to science fiction. The phenomena change, the basic ideas do not. These ideas are the same philosophical concepts that have intrigued mankind throughout history.” – Kate Wilhelm

“Metaphysics attempts to discover the ultimate nature of reality, and in this sense, the innerspace of science fiction is metaphysical fiction.” – Kate Wilhelm

“Science Fiction is speculative fiction in which the author takes as his first postulate the real world as we know it, including all established facts and natural laws. The result can be extremely fantastic in content, but it is not fantasy; it is legitimate–and often very tightly reasoned–speculation about the possibilities of the real world. This category excludes rocket ships that make U-turns, serpent men of Neptune that lust after human maidens, and stories by authors who flunked their Boy Scout merit badge tests in descriptive astronomy.” – Robert A. Heinlein, 1981

“That’s really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have.” – Frederik Pohl, 1992

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

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

“‘Foundation’s Edge’ is my first best-seller. It is my 262nd book and I have been a professional writer for forty-four years, so I guess this qualifies me as something less than an overnight success. ” – 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

“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

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

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