Monday, 2 January 2017

Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov
Born: January 2nd, 1920 - Petrovichi, Russia
Died: April 6th, 1992 - New York City, U.S.

short story writer
non-fiction writer

Any planet is 'Earth' to those that live on it.
There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.
Of course there are worlds. Millions of them! Every star you see has worlds, and most of those you don't see.
- Pebble in the Sky

The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.
- The Caves of Steel

You show me someone who can't understand people and I'll show you someone who has built up a false image of himself.
It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.
- Foundation's Edge

Isn't it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us - and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run.
- The Secret of the Universe

You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates.
- I, Robot

Sunday, 1 January 2017

J. D. Salinger

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J. D. Salinger
Born: January 1st, 1919 - New York City, U.S.
Died: January 27th, 2010 - New Hampshire, U.S.

short story writer

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.
Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.
Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly
- Catcher in the Rye

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.
- Nine Stories

He said I was unequipped to meet life because I had no sense of humor.
- For Esme - With Love and Squalor, and Other Stories

I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
- Franny and Zooey

I have so much I want to tell you, and nowhere to begin.

The true poet has no choice of material. The material plainly chooses him, not he it. 
- Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
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