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Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It is vital to remember that information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.”

It is vital to remember that information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Guns are the crutches of the impotent.”

Guns are the crutches of the impotent.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No trilogy should have more than four books.”

No trilogy should have more than four books.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Even by the twenty-second century, no way had yet been discovered of keeping elderly and conservative scientists from occupying crucial administrative positions. Indeed, it was doubted if the problem ever would be solved.”

Even by the twenty-second century, no way had yet been discovered of keeping elderly and conservative scientists from occupying crucial administrative positions. Indeed, it was doubted if the problem ever would be solved.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The universe must be full of voices, calling from star to star in a myriad tongues. One day we shall join that cosmic conversation.”

The universe must be full of voices, calling from star to star in a myriad tongues. One day we shall join that cosmic conversation.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Until we get rid of religion, we won’t be able to conduct the search for God.”

Until we get rid of religion, we won’t be able to conduct the search for God.

— 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: “Belief in God is apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction.”

Belief in God is apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “But he knew well enough that any man in the right circumstances could be dehumanised by panic.”

But he knew well enough that any man in the right circumstances could be dehumanised by panic.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Perhaps no other year before or since 1984 has been awaited with such eager anticipation.”

Perhaps no other year before or since 1984 has been awaited with such eager anticipation.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “As three laws were good enough for Newton, I have modestly decided to stop there.”

As three laws were good enough for Newton, I have modestly decided to stop there.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “They had not yet attained the stupefying boredom of omnipotence; their experiments did not always succeed.”

They had not yet attained the stupefying boredom of omnipotence; their experiments did not always succeed.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The truth, as always, will be far stranger.”

The truth, as always, will be far stranger.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “In the long run, there are no secrets. in science. The universe will not cooperate in a cover-up.”

In the long run, there are no secrets. in science. The universe will not cooperate in a cover-up.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The rash assertion that “God made man in His own image” is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths.”

The rash assertion that “God made man in His own image” is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Anything that is theoretically possible will be achieved in practice, no matter what the technical difficulties are, if it is desired greatly enough.”

Anything that is theoretically possible will be achieved in practice, no matter what the technical difficulties are, if it is desired greatly enough.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Civilization will reach maturity only when it learns to value diversity of character and of ideas.”

Civilization will reach maturity only when it learns to value diversity of character and of ideas.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Those meaningless and unanswerable questions the minds keep returning to, like a tongue exploring a broken tooth.”

Those meaningless and unanswerable questions the minds keep returning to, like a tongue exploring a broken tooth.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When the Sun shrinks to a dull red dwarf, it will not be dying. It will just be starting to live and everything that has gone before will merely be a prelude to its real history.”

When the Sun shrinks to a dull red dwarf, it will not be dying. It will just be starting to live and everything that has gone before will merely be a prelude to its real history.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Space can be mapped and crossed and occupied without definable limit; but it can never be conquered.”

Space can be mapped and crossed and occupied without definable limit; but it can never be conquered.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Floyd could imagine a dozen things that could go wrong; it was little consolation that it was always the thirteenth that actually happened.”

Floyd could imagine a dozen things that could go wrong; it was little consolation that it was always the thirteenth that actually happened.

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Sometimes a decision has to be made by a single individual, who has the authority to enforce it. That’s why you need a captain. You can’t run a ship by a committee-at least not all the time.”

Sometimes a decision has to be made by a single individual, who has the authority to enforce it. That’s why you need a captain. You can’t run a ship by a committee-at least not all the time.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When one has to ask, “Am I really in love?” the answer is always “No”.”

When one has to ask, “Am I really in love?” the answer is always “No”.

— Arthur C. Clarke


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

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It must be wonderful to be seventeen, and to know everything.”

It must be wonderful to be seventeen, and to know everything.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No one of intelligence resents the inevitable.”

No one of intelligence resents the inevitable.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Humor was the enemy of desire.”

Humor was the enemy of desire.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When beauty is universal, it loses its power to move the heart, and only its absence can produce any emotional effect.”

When beauty is universal, it loses its power to move the heart, and only its absence can produce any emotional effect.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests.”

Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Excessive interest in pathological behavior was itself pathological.”

Excessive interest in pathological behavior was itself pathological.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The person one loves never really exists, but is a projection focused through the lens of the mind onto whatever screen it fits with least distortion.”

The person one loves never really exists, but is a projection focused through the lens of the mind onto whatever screen it fits with least distortion.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Why, Robert Singh often wondered, did we give our hearts to friends whose life spans are so much shorter than our own?”

Why, Robert Singh often wondered, did we give our hearts to friends whose life spans are so much shorter than our own?

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Now, before you make a movie, you have to have a script, and before you have a script, you have to have a story; though some avant-garde directors have tried to dispense with the latter item, you’ll find their work only at art theaters.”

Now, before you make a movie, you have to have a script, and before you have a script, you have to have a story; though some avant-garde directors have tried to dispense with the latter item, you’ll find their work only at art theaters.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I doubt if there is a single field of study so theoretical, so remote from what is laughingly called everyday life, that it may not one day produce something that will shake the world.”

I doubt if there is a single field of study so theoretical, so remote from what is laughingly called everyday life, that it may not one day produce something that will shake the world.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Can the synthesis of man and machine ever be stable, or will the purely organic component become such a hindrance that it has to be discarded?”

Can the synthesis of man and machine ever be stable, or will the purely organic component become such a hindrance that it has to be discarded?

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral.”

Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest.”

All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return...”

We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return...

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “After their encounter on the approach to Jupiter, there would aways be a secret bond between them – not of love, but of tenderness, which is often more enduring.”

After their encounter on the approach to Jupiter, there would aways be a secret bond between them – not of love, but of tenderness, which is often more enduring.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “You don’t believe in organized religion, yet a major theme in so many of your works seems to be a quest for God.”

You don’t believe in organized religion, yet a major theme in so many of your works seems to be a quest for God.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents...”

My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents...

— Arthur C. Clarke

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