31 Remarkable Arthur C Clarke Quotes

31 Remarkable Arthur C Clarke Quotes

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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a undersea explorer, inventor, science fiction writer, and futurist from Somerset, England. He is most known for his contribution to the screenplay 2001: A Space Odyssey. With his science fiction writing he has earned multiple awards making him one of the most influential men in the field. He died in 2008 at the age of 90.

“All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landings there.”

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

“As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superiorscience and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.”

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

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

“I am afraid that this chapter will amply demonstrate the truth of Clarke’s 69th Law, viz., “Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.” In both cases the cure is simple though usually very expensive.”

“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.”

“I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait.”

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

“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.”

“If children have interests then education happens.”

“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.”

“I’m sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I’ve had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science populariser. Of all these, I want to be remembered most as a writer — one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well.”

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

“I’m sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I’m rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.”

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

“I’ve been saying for a long time that I’m hoping to find intelligent life in Washington.”

“One fail-safe after another had let them down. Helped by the ionospheric storm, the sheer perversity of inanimate things struck again.”

“Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can’t think of it.”

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

“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 greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
the numbers of distinct human societies or nations, when our race is twice its present age, may be far greater than the total number of all the men who have ever lived up to the present time.”

“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.”

“They will have time enough, in those endless aeons, to attempt all things, and to gather all knowledge … no Gods imagined by our minds have ever possessed the powers they will command …
But for all that, they may envy us, basking in the bright afterglow of Creation; for we knew the Universe when it was young.”

“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.”

“Through long and bitter experience, Rajasinghe had learned never to trust first impressions, but also never to ignore them.”

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

“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.”

“What is becoming more interesting than the myths themselves has been the study of how the myths were constructed from sparse or unpromising facts—indeed, sometimes from no facts—in a kind of mute conspiracy of longing, very rarely under anybody’s conscious control.”