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Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.”

A well-stocked mind is safe from boredom.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Open the pod bay doors, Hal.”

Open the pod bay doors, Hal.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?”

Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have both free will and a benevolent higher power who protects you from yourself.”

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have both free will and a benevolent higher power who protects you from yourself.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Judge me by my deeds, though they are few, rather than my words, though they are many.”

Judge me by my deeds, though they are few, rather than my words, though they are many.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Any path to knowledge is a path to God-or Reality, whichever word one prefers to use.”

Any path to knowledge is a path to God-or Reality, whichever word one prefers to use.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No communication technology has ever disappeared, but instead becomes increasingly less important as the technological horizon widens.”

No communication technology has ever disappeared, but instead becomes increasingly less important as the technological horizon widens.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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.”

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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “If children have interests then education happens.”

If children have interests then education happens.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.”

God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “SETI is probably the most important quest of our time, and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently.”

SETI is probably the most important quest of our time, and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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 nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.”

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 nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Death focuses the mind on the things that really matter: why are we here, and what should we do?”

Death focuses the mind on the things that really matter: why are we here, and what should we do?

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Those wanderers must have looked on Earth, circling safely in the narrow zone between fire and ice, and must have guessed that it was the favourite of the Sun’s children.”

Those wanderers must have looked on Earth, circling safely in the narrow zone between fire and ice, and must have guessed that it was the favourite of the Sun’s children.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1 January 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century and the Third Millennium.”

The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1 January 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century and the Third Millennium.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children.”

The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity?”

Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity?

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence.”

Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Now I’m a scientific expert; that means I know nothing about absolutely everything.”

Now I’m a scientific expert; that means I know nothing about absolutely everything.

— Arthur C. Clarke



Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Good morning, doctors. I have taken the liberty of removing Windows 95 from my hard drive.”

Good morning, doctors. I have taken the liberty of removing Windows 95 from my hard drive.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “There were some things that only time could cure. Evil men could be destroyed, but nothing could be done with good men who were deluded.”

There were some things that only time could cure. Evil men could be destroyed, but nothing could be done with good men who were deluded.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.”

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference we should each be treated with appropriate respect.”

Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference we should each be treated with appropriate respect.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic.”

Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of the mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”

One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of the mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “One theory which can no longer be taken very seriously is that UFOs are interstellar spaceships.”

One theory which can no longer be taken very seriously is that UFOs are interstellar spaceships.

— 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 The coming of the rocket brought to an end a million years of isolation the childhood of our race was over and history as we know it began.”

We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return The coming of the rocket brought to an end a million years of isolation the childhood of our race was over and history as we know it began.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Isaac Asimov is, in reality, based on something I had invented a few years previously.”

Isaac Asimov is, in reality, based on something I had invented a few years previously.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I would defend the liberty of consenting 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.”

I would defend the liberty of consenting 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.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The phenomenon of UFO doesn’t say anything about the presence of intelligence in space. It just shows how rare it is here on the earth.”

The phenomenon of UFO doesn’t say anything about the presence of intelligence in space. It just shows how rare it is here on the earth.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The entire sweep of human history from the dark ages into the unknown future was considerably less important at the moment than the question of a certain girl and her feelings toward him.”

The entire sweep of human history from the dark ages into the unknown future was considerably less important at the moment than the question of a certain girl and her feelings toward him.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Utopia was here at last: its novelty had not yet been assailed by the supreme enemy of a ll Utopias – boredom.”

Utopia was here at last: its novelty had not yet been assailed by the supreme enemy of a ll Utopias – boredom.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “We seldom stop to think that we are still creatures of the sea, able to leave it only because, from birth to death, we wear the water-filled space suits of our skins.”

We seldom stop to think that we are still creatures of the sea, able to leave it only because, from birth to death, we wear the water-filled space suits of our skins.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Only small minds are impressed by large numbers.”

Only small minds are impressed by large numbers.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “There is a special sadness in achievement, in the knowledge that a long-desired goal has been attained at last, and that life must now be shaped toward new ends.”

There is a special sadness in achievement, in the knowledge that a long-desired goal has been attained at last, and that life must now be shaped toward new ends.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Almost any seat was comfortable at one-sixth of a gravity.”

Almost any seat was comfortable at one-sixth of a gravity.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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 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


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “As his body became more and more defenseless, so his means of offense became steadily more frightful.”

As his body became more and more defenseless, so his means of offense became steadily more frightful.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “There is the possibility that humankind can outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in Childhood’s End. But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are.”

There is the possibility that humankind can outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in Childhood’s End. But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible.”

It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Creationism, perhaps the most pernicious of the intellectual perversions now afflicting the American public.”

Creationism, perhaps the most pernicious of the intellectual perversions now afflicting the American public.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I sometimes think that the universe is a machine designed for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers.”

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

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.”

The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.”

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When all else failed, you had to rely on eyeball intrumentation.”

When all else failed, you had to rely on eyeball intrumentation.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.”

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “For if not true, they are well imagined...”

For if not true, they are well imagined...

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Training was one thing, reality another.”

Training was one thing, reality another.

— Arthur C. Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The piece of equipment I’m most found off is my telescope. The other night I had a superb view of the moon.”

The piece of equipment I’m most found off is my telescope. The other night I had a superb view of the moon.

— Arthur C. Clarke

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