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Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I’ve just had an amusing flashback. All these creatures going in the same direction – they look like the commuters who used to surge back and forth twice a day between home and office, before electronics made it unnecessary.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I said nothing about men adapting themselves to Mars. Have you ever considered the possibility of Mars meeting us half-way?”
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: “The Chairman glared across three hundred and eighty thousand kilometers of space at Conrad Taylor, who reluctantly subsided, like a volcano biding its time.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “While there was life, there was hope;.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Whatever their origin, the human race was fortunate to have seen such a wonder; it could exist for only a brief moment of time in the history of the Solar System.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Soon after her beloved young brother was killed, she asked me, “What is the purpose of grief? Does it serve any biological function?”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Michael O’Toole had no difficulty recognizing which questions in life should be answered by physics and which ones by religion.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Dr. Brown considered all engineers to be nothing more than glorified carpenters and plumbers.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “He might himself be putting on a superb act, following the performance by logic alone and with his own strange emotions completely untouched, as an anthropologist might take part in some primitive rite. The fact that he uttered the appropriate sounds, and made the expected responses, really proved nothing at all.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Yes, it made sense, and was so absurdly simple that it would take a genius to think of it. And, perhaps, someone who did not expect to do it himself.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Absence of noise is not a natural condition; all human senses require some input. If they are deprived of it, the mind manufactures its own substitutes.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “We wanted you to have a feel for the size of your habitat, in case you needed that to be more comfortable with the design process.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Evolution and science had come to the same answers; and the work of Nature had lasted longer. At.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Men had sought beauty in many forms – in sequences of sound, in lines upon paper, in surfaces of stone, in the movements of the human body, in colours ranged through space.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Astronomy was full of such intriguing but meaningless coincidences. The most famous was the fact that, from the Earth, both Sun and Moon have the same apparent diameter.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “This had not endeared him to exobiologists such as Dr Perera, who took exactly the opposite view. To them, the only purpose of the Universe was the production of intelligence, and they were apt to talk sneeringly about purely astronomical phenomena, ‘Mere dead matter’ was one of their favourite phrases.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Enjoy them while you may,” answered Rashaverak gently. “They will not be yours for long.” It was advice that might have been given to any parent in any age: but now it contained a threat and a terror it had never held before.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “How I envy them,” said Colonel Jones. “Sometimes it’s quite a relief to have something trivial to worry about.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Ladies and gentlemen, those flames from the port engines are perfectly normal. The stewardess will be coming around in a moment to serve coffee, tea, or milk. I’m sorry we don’t have anything stronger on this flight – regulations don’t permit it.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Yet if there were no hazards there would be no achievement, no sense of adventure.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “He lifted the telephone receiver and pressed it against the plastic of his helmet. If there had been a dialing sound he could have heard it through the conducting material. But, as he had expected, there was only silence. So – it was all a fake, though a fantastically careful one. And it was clearly not intended to deceive but rather – he hoped – to reassure. That was a very comforting thought; nevertheless he would not remove his suit until he had completed his voyage of exploration.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Because each of us is the sum of all we have ever experienced. Only the very young have a clean slate. The rest of us must live forever with everything we have ever been.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “News that is sufficiently bad somehow carries its own guarantee of truth. Only good reports need confirmation.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Don’t believe anything I’ve told you – merely because I said it.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “As to the nature of that drive, one thing was now certain, even though all else was mystery. There were no jets of gas, no beams of ions or plasma thrusting Rama into its new orbit. No one put it better than Sergeant Professor Myron, when he said, in shocked.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The origin of the universe might be forever unknown, but all that had happened after obeyed the laws of physics.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Men knew better than they realized, when they placed the abode of the gods beyond the reach of gravity.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “One sample is poor statistics, my math prof used to say.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “And then there came a sound which Moon-Watcher could not possibly have identified, for it had never been heard before in the history of the world. It was the clank of metal upon stone.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “A truly intelligent race is not likely to be unfriendly.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “This would involve disconnection – the computer equivalent of death. Despite.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Nevertheless, when you did not know what you were looking for, it was important to avoid all prejudices and preconceptions; something that at first sight seemed irrelevant, or even nonsensical, might turn out to be a vital clue.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I agree that was terrible – but what could my government do about it?” “A great deal – if it wished. But that would have offended the people who supplied it with oil – and bought its weapons, like the land mines that killed and maimed civilians by the thousands.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It seemed unfair that this should have happened in his time, after all these centuries of rest. But men cannot bargain with Fate, and choose peace or adventure as they wish.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I don’t believe all this just happened,” Nicole said. “Not on another planet. Not anywhere. Natural evolution simply does not result in the kind of interspecies harmony we have witnessed the last two days.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Because each of us is the sum of all we have ever experienced. Only the very young have a clean slate.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It seemed to him that his ship was rather like a stranded whale that had managed a difficult birth in an alien element. He hoped that the new calf would survive.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “There was no objection when he said: “I’m going after it.” Nor did he expect there to be; his life was now his own, to do with as he pleased. He.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “It seemed altogether unfair and unreasonable that the sky should be so hard.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “The ladies were quite uninterested; either because they did not care for mathematics, or preferred to ignore birthdays.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “They would never know how lucky they had been. For a lifetime, mankind had achieved as much happiness as any race can ever know. It had been the Golden Age. But gold was also the color of sunset, of autumn: and only Karellen’s ears could catch the first wailings of the winter storms.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Even the few serious crimes that did occur received no particular attention in the news. For well-bred people do not, after all, care to read about the social gaffes of others.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “However much the universe and its mysteries might call him, this was where he was born and where he belonged. It would never satisfy him, yet always he would return. He had gone half-way across the Galaxy to learn this simple truth.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Martin’s one of the nicest fellows you could meet, as long as you don’t do it too often.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Poole and Bowman had often humorously referred to themselves as caretakers or janitors aboard a ship that could really run itself. They would have been astonished, and more than a little indignant, to discover how much truth that jest contained.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “He did not wander aimlessly, though he never knew which village would be his next port of call. He was seeking no particular place, but a mood, an influence – indeed, a way of life.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Even a doomed man might reasonably be expected to take some slight interest in a few thousand square meters of gems. He.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “I am unable to distinguish clearly between your religious ceremonies and apparently identical behavior at the sporting and cultural functions you have transmitted to me.”
Arthur C. Clarke Quote: “Like every human being, Alvin was in some measure a machine, his actions predetermined by his inheritance. That did not alter his need for understanding and sympathy, nor did it render him immune to loneliness or frustration. To his own people, he was so unaccountable a creature that they sometimes forgot that he still shared their emotions.”
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