Quotations by Arthur C. Clarke

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Born: Sunday, December 16, 1917
Died: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (90 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: English


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Technology, Magic)

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Idea, May, Worth)

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Earth, Ocean)

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Nature, Judges, Laws, Mercy)

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Astrology)

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: God)

I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Answers, Questions, Thinking, Worth)

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Power, Fantasy, President, Want)

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Elderly, Right, Wrong)

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Intelligence, Survival, Value)

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Men, Earth, Extreme, Nationalism, Perspective, Stars)

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: God, May, Worship)

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Idea, Ideas, Worth)

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Society, May, Will)

Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Life, Day, Fact, Proof, Space, Will, Wit)

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Politicians)

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Computer, Hardware, Reading, Software)

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Idea, Universe)

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Honesty, Tax, Income, Man, Measure)

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: History, Religion, Morality, Mankind, May, Tragedy)

The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1 January 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century and the Third Millennium.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Beginning, Minority, Will, World)

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Limits)

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Limits)

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Fact, Flags)

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.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Age, Attention, First, Future, May)

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Idea, Man, World, Youth)

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.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Elderly, Right, states, Wrong)







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