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Arthur Clarke

1917-2008 ,  British Sci-Fi writer
Arthur ClarkeBritish author, inventor and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction.

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Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

My favorite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence'.

Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests.

“Now I understand,” said the last man.

Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence.

Floyd could imagine a dozen things that could go wrong; it was little consolation that it was always the thirteenth that actually happened.

Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.

The difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced by unskilled labor.

I sometimes think that the universe is a machine designed for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers.

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

A 100 years ago, the electric telegraph made possible-indeed, inevitable-the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody.

The phenomenon of UFO doesn't say anything about the presence of intelligence in space. It just shows how rare it is here on the earth.

It was the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand.

Only feeble minds are paralyzed by facts.

A well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.

The moment when one first meets a great work of art has an impact that can never again be recaptured.

We over estimate technology in the short term and under estimate technology in the long term.

No one of intelligence resents the inevitable.

If there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they can't be very important gods.

Only small minds are impressed by large numbers.

The only real problem in life is what to do next.

It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.

Sometimes a decision has to be made by a single individual, who has the authority to enforce it. That's why you need a captain. You can't run a ship by a committee-at least not all the time.

When one has to ask, “Am I really in love?” the answer is always “No”.

Utopia was here at last; its novelty had not yet been assailed by the supreme enemy of all Utopias: boredom.

Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can't think of it.

Getting information from the Internet is like getting a glass of water from the Niagara Falls.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.

Religion is a byproduct of fear.

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

Astronomy, as nothing else can do, teaches men humility.

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.

The universe must be full of voices, calling from star to star in a myriad tongues. One day we shall join that cosmic conversation.

Civilization will reach maturity only when it learns to value diversity of character and of ideas.

The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That's why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.

Until we get rid of religion, we won't be able to conduct the search for God.

When you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine.

In my life I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving. Nothing else - not fame, not power, not achievement for its own sake - can possible have the same lasting value.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.

I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.

I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.

CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.

Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God — but to create Him.

Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor — but they have few followers now.

If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.

They could not eat it, and it could not eat them; therefore it was not important.

I’m a scientific expert; that means I know nothing about absolutely everything

Because politics is the science of the possible, it only appeals to second-rate minds. The first raters only interested in the impossible.

Problems seldom go away if they’re ignored.

If man can live in Manhattan, he can live anywhere.

If he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized

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No trilogy should have more than four books.

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.


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