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Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The West needs to relearn what the rest of the world has never forgotten – that there is nothing sinful in leisure as long as it does not degenerate into mere sloth.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Civilization and Religion are incompatible” and “Faith is believing what you know isn’t true.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Because Nature always balances her books, the Sun lost some velocity in the transaction; but the effect would not be measurable for a few thousand years.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “For relaxation he could always engage Hal in a large number of semimathematical games, including checkers, chess, and polyominoes. If Hal went all out, he could win any one of them; but that would be bad for morale. So he had been programmed to win only fifty percent of the time, and his human partners pretended not to know this.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The familiar can be as shocking as the strange – when it is in the wrong place.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It was one thing to have guessed it, another to have had that guess confirmed beyond possibility of refutation.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Oh God, there were so many stars you could have used. What was the need to give these people to the fire, that the symbol of their passing might shine above Bethlehem?”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “But was even this the end? A few mystically inclined biologists went still further. They speculated, taking their cues from the beliefs of many religions, that mind would eventually free itself from matter. The robot body, like the flesh-and-blood one, would be no more than a stepping-stone to something which, long ago, men had called “spirit.” And if there was anything beyond that, its name could only be God.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Although Lucifer had accelerated the process, it has begun decades earlier, when the coming of the jet age had triggered and explosion of global tourism.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Though he had a devoted coterie of fans who subscribed to his information service – in an earlier age, he would have been called a pop scientist – he had an even larger circle of critics. The kinder ones considered that he had been educated beyond his intelligence. The others labeled him a self-employed idiot. It.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The thing’s hollow – it goes on forever – and – oh my God! – it’s full of stars!”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Democracy, frequently defined as “Individual greed, moderated by an efficient but not too zealous government.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “When 2001 was written, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto were mere pinpoints of light in even the most powerful telescope; now they are worlds, each unique, and one of them – Io – is the most volcanically active body in the Solar System.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Beyond gravity, some of that freedom was regained; with the loss of weight went many of the cares and worries of Earth. Heywood.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Our own grandchildren may demonstrate that-sometimes- Gigantic is Beautiful.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “He was alone in an airless, partially disabled ship, all communication with Earth cut off. There was not another human being within half a billion miles. And yet, in one very real sense, he was not alone. Before he could be safe, he must be lonelier still.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “They will say that the Universe has no purpose and no plan, that since a hundred suns explode every year in our Galaxy, at this very moment some race is dying in the depths of space. Whether that race has done good or evil during its lifetime will make no difference in the end: there is no divine justice, for there is no God.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Do you believe in ghosts, Dim?” “Certainly not: but like every sensible man, I’m afraid of them. Why do you ask?”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “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 Quote: “The core of Jupiter, forever beyond human reach, was a diamond as big as the Earth.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Behind Alystra was the known world, full of wonder yet empty of surprise, drifting like a brilliant but tightly closed bubble down the river of time. Ahead, separated from her by no more than the span of a few footsteps, was the empty wilderness – the world of the desert – the world of the Invaders.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “But there was no substitute for reality; one should beware of imitations.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The universe is full of energy, but much of it is at equilibrium. At equilibrium no energy can flow, and therefore it cannot be used for work, any more than the level waters of a pond can be used to drive a water-wheel. It is on the flow of energy out of equilibrium – the small fraction of “useful” energy, “exergy” – that life depends.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Linked, because love without art is merely the slaking of desire, and Art cannot be enjoyed unless it is approached with Love. Men.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “But at least we have answered one ancient question. We are not alone. The stars will never again be the same to us.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It is a bitter thought, but you must face it. The planets you may one day possess. But the stars are not for man.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A hundred failures would not matter, when one single success could change the destiny of the world.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Many of the fundamental physical constants-which as far as one could see, God could have given any value He liked-are in fact very precised adjusted, or fine-tuned, to produce the only kind of Universe that makes our existence possible.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Pure coincidence, of course, but a sensible man makes coincidences work for him.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Feeling extremely foolish, the acting representative of Homo sapiens watched his First Contact stride away across the Raman plain, totally indifferent to his presence.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “All that had gone before was not a thousandth of what was yet to come; the story of this star had barely begun.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Some women, Commander Norton had decided long ago, should not be allowed aboard ship; weightlessness did things to their breasts that were too damn distracting.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A major part of his job was deciding when warnings could be ignored, when they could be dealt with at leisure – and when they had to be treated as real emergencies. If he paid equal attention to all the ship’s cries for help, he would never get anything done. He.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Moon-Watcher and his companions had no recollection of what they had seen, after the crystal had ceased to cast its hypnotic spell over their minds and to experiment with their bodies. The next day, as they went out to forage, they passed it with scarcely a second thought; it was now part of the disregarded background of their lives. They could not eat it, and it could not eat them; therefore it was not important.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Long ago it had been decided that, however inconsequential rudeness to robots might appear to be, it should be discouraged. All too easily, it could spread to human relationships as well.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Only Time is universal; Night and Day are merely quaint local customs found on those planets that tidal forces have not yet robbed of their rotation.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No electronic computer can match the human brain at associating apparently irrelevant facts.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Suppose, in their altruistic passion for justice and order, they had determined to reform the world, but had not realized that they were destroying the soul of man?”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Reliability depended on redundancy and automatic checking, and human intervention was much more likely to do harm than good.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Yet there was also something slightly spooky about them. Norton could never understand how men with advanced scientific and technical training could possibly believe some of the things he had heard Cosmo Christers state as incontrovertible fact.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Well, that’s a relief. You know that I have the greatest possible enthusiasm for this mission.” “I’m sure of it. Now please let me have.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Dr. C. informs me that, in technical terminology, Hal became trapped in a Hofstadter–Moebius loop, a situation apparently not uncommon among advanced computers with autonomous goal-seeking programs. He suggests that for further information you contact Professor Hofstadter himself.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No single individual, however eccentric or brilliant, could affect the enormous inertia of a society that had remained virtually unchanged for over a billion years.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “In a rare flash of humor, she had replied: “Woody, a commander can be wrong, but never uncertain.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Hal in full control of the ship. The.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Nicole’s intuition told her not to follow the fireflies, but she said nothing.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be. Accidents, crimes, natural and man-made disasters, threats of conflict, gloomy editorials – these still seemed to be the main concern of the millions of words being sprayed into the ether. Yet Floyd also wondered if this was altogether.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A feeling of foreboding, and, indeed, of physical as well as psychological discomfort, had come over him. He suddenly recalled – and this did nothing at all to help – a phrase he had once come across: “Someone is walking over your grave.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “No group can survive, let alone thrive, unless what is good for the overall community is more important than individual freedom. Take, for example, resource allocation. How can anyone with any intelligence possibly justify, in terms of the overall community, the accumulation and hoarding of enormous material assets by a few individuals when others do not even have food, clothing, and other essentials?” In.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “If we are unable to download, remember us.”
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