Isaac Asimov Quotes

"People think of education as something that they can finish. And what’s more, when they finish, it’s a rite of passage. You’re finished with school. You’re no more a child, and therefore anything that reminds you of school - reading books, having ideas, asking questions - that’s kid’s stuff. Now you’re an adult, you don’t do that sort of thing any more.

You have everybody looking forward to no longer learning, and you make them ashamed afterward of going back to learning. If you have a system of education using computers, then anyone, any age, can learn by himself, can continue to be interested. If you enjoy learning, there’s no reason why you should stop at a given age. People don’t stop things they enjoy doing just because they reach a certain age.

What’s exciting is the actual process of broadening yourself, of knowing there’s now a little extra facet of the universe you know about and can think about and can understand. It seems to me that when it’s time to die, there would be a certain pleasure in thinking that you had utilized your life well, learned as much as you could, gathered in as much as possible of the universe, and enjoyed it. There’s only this one universe and only this one lifetime to try to grasp it. And while it is inconceivable that anyone can grasp more than a tiny portion of it, at least you can do that much. What a tragedy just to pass through and get nothing out of it.” ~ Isaac Asimov

“Today, what people call learning is forced on you. Everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class. But everyone is different. For some, class goes too fast, for some too slow, for some in the wrong direction. But give everyone a chance, in addition to school, to follow up their own bent from the start, to find out about whatever they’re interested in by looking it up in their own homes, at their own speed, in their own time, and everyone will enjoy learning.” ~ Isaac Asimov

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

"Education isn’t something you can finish." ~ Isaac Asimov

"People think of education as something they can finish." ~ Isaac Asimov

“The human mind resents control.” ~ Isaac Asimov [Second Foundation]

"Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer." ~ Isaac Asimov

"The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying." ~ Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

“You don’t need schooling to be a philosopher. Just an active mind and experience with life.” ~ Isaac Asimov, [Forward the Foundation]

“Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests.” ~ Isaac Asimov

“To have good ideas, we need to consume good ideas too. Follow your curiosity.” ~ Isaac Asimov

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.” ~ Isaac Asimov