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Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

Arthur C Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God – but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Credo, 1991, Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Clarke’s First Law, Arthur C. Clarke

He was moving through a new order of creation, of which few men had ever dreamed. Beyond the realms of sea and land and air and space lay the realms of fire, which he alone had been privileged to glimpse. It was too much to expect that he would also understand.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

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

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Clarke’s Second Law, Arthur C. Clarke

But he knew well enough that any man in the right circumstances could be dehumanized by panic.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.
Arthur C. Clarke

A faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
The Exploration of Space, 1951, Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Clarke’s Third Law, Arthur C. Clarke

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

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.
First on the Moon, 1970, Arthur C. Clarke

But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years.
Arthur C. Clarke

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.
Voices from the Sky: Previews of the Coming Space Age, 1967, Arthur C. Clarke

Then he [The Star Child] waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

I would defend the liberty of concenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.
1984: Spring, A Choice of Futures, Arthur C. Clarke

My favorite definition of an intellectual: ‘Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.’
3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke