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If heredity is indeed faultless, the Earth would still be inhabited by nothing but amoebas. "Memoirs of a Space Traveller: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy"

It is not necessary to see that which is before our eyes, all that is needed is a new viewpoint. "Memoirs of a Space Traveller: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy"

A man can control only what he comprehends, and comprehend only what he is able to put into words. The inexpressible therefore is unknowable. "The Futurological Congress"

Cranks and eccentrics are not confined to any one time. "Memoirs of a Space Traveller: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy"

A world compelled to good alone is as much a shrine to compulsion as a world compelled to evil only. "The Star Diaries"

The flaring up of a new star in the firmament, where there have been no stars before, testifies to the recent disintegration of a planet whose former inhabitants had achieved a high level of civilization and discovered the means of releasing atomic energy. "The Star Diaries"

The opportunity for evil in itself does not suffice; people need a rationale as well. "The Futurological Congress"

What was civilization ever, really, but the attempt by man to talk himself into being good? Only good, mind you. The rest had to be shoved somewhere out of sight. "The Futurological Congress"

God is Mystery, while Satan represents the personed aggregate of the isolated constituents of that Mystery. "The Star Diaries"


The higher a civilization is, the more dust and refuse it produces. "The Star Diaries"