by Isaac Asimov
Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Foundation.
Fate & Free Will Quotes
[Gaal] said, "about 85%?""Not bad," said Seldon, thrusting out a lower lip, "but not good. The actual figure is 92.5%." (I.4.37-38)
Philosophy (Science) Quotes
A. It is a prediction which is made by mathematics. I pass no moral judgment. Personally, I regret the prospect. (I.6.75)
A [Seldon]. Obviously. This courtroom may explode in the next few hours, or it may be. It [sic] it did, the future would undoubtedly be changed in some minor respects. (I.6.44)
A [Seldon]. The explanation is simple. The coming destruction of Trantor is not an event in itself, isolated in the scheme of human development. It will be the climax to an intricate drama which wa...
[…] Haut Rodric monopolized the conversation by describing—in minute technical detail and with incredible zest—his own exploits as battalion head during the recent war between Anacreon and th...
A [Seldon]. No, sir. Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty. (I.6.23)
Society and Class Quotes
A [Seldon]. By saving the knowledge of the race. The sum of human knowing is beyond any one man; any thousand men. With the destruction of our social fabric, science will be broken into a million p...
"We received some last shipment. There's hardly any left. Space knows when we'll get more—if ever."