Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

Who is Arthur C. Clarke?

Arthur C. Clarke is one of the Big Three science fiction writers along with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.

Born December 16, 1917
Died March 19, 2008

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Best 46 Quotes by Arthur C. Clarke | Page 1 of 2

“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.”

“A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.”

“A single test which proves some piece of theory wrong is more valuable than a hundred tests showing that idea might be true.”

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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“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.”

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when it is clearly Ocean.”

“Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.”

“I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.”

“I don’t believe in astrology. I’m a Sagittarian and we’re very sceptical.”

“I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.”

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

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

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

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“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

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“I’ve been saying for a long time that I’m hoping to find intelligent life in Washington.”

“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.”

“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 possibly have the same lasting value. For when your life is over, if you can say “I have learned” and “I have loved,” you will also be able to say “I have been happy.”

“In the struggle for freedom of information, technology, not politics, will be the ultimate decider.”

“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any 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.”

“It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God – but to create him.”

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

“Life is just one big banana. Science fiction allows us all to peel open the reality and discover the yellow truth inside.”

“My favourite definition of an intellectual: Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.”

“One cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.”

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

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“Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.”

“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.”

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“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

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