Who the heck is Arthur C. Clarke?

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

Books by Arthur C. Clarke

Quotes by Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“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

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“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

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“Science fiction seldom attempts to predict the future. More often than not, it tries to prevent the future.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“The basis of morality is really very simple and doesn’t require religion at all. It’s this: “Don’t do unto anybody else what you wouldn’t like to be done to you.” It seems to me that that’s all there is to it.”

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“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.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life – much less intelligence – beyond this Earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.”

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity.”

Arthur C. Clarke

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

Arthur C. Clarke

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“We always thought the living earth was a thing of beauty. It isn’t. Life has had to learn to defend itself against the planet’s random geological savagery.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“What we need is a machine that will let us see the other guy’s point of view.”

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.”

Arthur C. Clarke