Quotes for Friday from Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy

An incompetent traitor is no danger. It is rather the capable men who must be watched. [197]

It is an affair of a romantic idiot; but even a romantic idiot can be a deadly when an unromantic rebel uses him as a tool. [198]

[I] would remind you that there is a difference between boldness and blindness. [209]

Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases. [259]

The thanks of a weak one are of but little value. [259]

The mistiness of the distance hides the truth [312]

But if you're going to pretend you're nineteen, Arcadia, what will you do when you're twenty-five and all the boys think you're thirty? [407]

[H]e used to say that only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed. [415]

He also said that nothing had to be true, but everything had to sound true. [415/6]

The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise. [419]


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