Isaac Asimov · World Quotes
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
Asimov on Science Fiction
[The dignity of the human species] will be completely destroyed [if the population growth continues at its present rate]. I use what I call the bathroom metaphor: if two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want to stay as long as you like for whatever you need. But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person; you have to bang on the door, ďArenít you done yet?Ē In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive. Convenience and decency canít survive. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesnít matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters.
as guest of Bill Moyers on PBS
No one can possibly have lived through the Great Depression without being scarred by it. No amount of experience since the depression can convince someone who has lived through it that the world is safe economically.
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(1920-01-02 - 1992-04-06) was a Russian-born American author and biochemist. Regarded the father of robotic Science Fiction, and one of the best Hard Science Fiction writers ever.
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Sources by Isaac Asimov
The Roving Mind
Yours, Isaac Asimov
How Easy to See the Future
George Bernard Shaw
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
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