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Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” Quotes (9 Quotes)


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  • Fighting and scars are part of a trader's overhead. But fighting is only useful when there's money at the end, and if I can get it without, so much the sweeter.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • I wanted to be a psychological engineer, but we lacked the facilities, so I did the next best thing - I went into politics. It's practically the same thing.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • If you're born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • It is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")


  • Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • Scientific method, hell! No wonder the Galaxy was going to pot.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • The temptation was great to muster what force we could and put up a fight. It's the easiest way out, and the most satisfactory to self-respect--but, nearly invariably, the stupidest.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")

  • Weak emperors mean strong viceroys.
    (Isaac Asimov, "Foundation")


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