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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Magic is just science that we don’t understand yet.”

Magic is just science that we don’t understand yet.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The best proof that there’s intelligent life in outer space is the fact that it hasn’t come here.”

The best proof that there’s intelligent life in outer space is the fact that it hasn’t come here.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The Moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.”

The Moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “If man can live in Manhattan, he can live anywhere.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Science demands patience.”

Science demands patience.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I have never grown up, but I will never stop growing.”

I have never grown up, but I will never stop growing.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “People go through four stages before any revolutionary development: 1. It’s nonsense, don’t waste my time. 2. It’s interesting, but not important. 3. I always said it was a good idea. 4. I thought of it first.”

People go through four stages before any revolutionary development: 1. It’s nonsense, don’t waste my time. 2. It’s interesting, but not important. 3. I always said it was a good idea. 4. I thought of it first.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Space is what stops everything from happening in the same place.”

Space is what stops everything from happening in the same place.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Sometimes when I’m in a bookstore or library, I am overwhelmed by all the things that I do not know. Then I am seized by a powerful desire to read all the books, one by one.”

Sometimes when I’m in a bookstore or library, I am overwhelmed by all the things that I do not know. Then I am seized by a powerful desire to read all the books, one by one.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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?”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Somewhere in me is a curiosity sensor. I want to know what’s over the next hill. You know, people can live longer without food than without information. Without information, you’d go crazy.”

Somewhere in me is a curiosity sensor. I want to know what’s over the next hill. You know, people can live longer without food than without information. Without information, you’d go crazy.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The only real problem in life is what to do next.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Science is the only religion of mankind.”

Science is the only religion of mankind.

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn’t require religion at all.”

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn’t require religion at all.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Astronomy, as nothing else can do, teaches men humility.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “In all the universe there is nothing more precious than mind.”

In all the universe there is nothing more precious than mind.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Getting information from the internet is like getting a glass of water from the Niagara Falls.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past...”

The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past...

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The one fact about the future of which we can be certain is that it will be utterly fantastic.”

The one fact about the future of which we can be certain is that it will be utterly fantastic.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The space elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing.”

The space elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The goal of the future is full unemployment.”

The goal of the future is full unemployment.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced by unskilled labour.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It was the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “We over estimate technology in the short term and under estimate technology in the long term.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “If there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they can’t be very important gods.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Good morning, Dr. Chandra. This is Hal. I am ready for my first lesson.”

Good morning, Dr. Chandra. This is Hal. I am ready for my first lesson.

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.”

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Science fiction seldom attempts to predict the future. More often than not, it tries to prevent the future.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke

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