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Arthur C. Clarke (Writer)

I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those bankedofthe emissaries are coming. ... I do not think we will have to wait for long.
Arthur C. Clarke wonder
I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those bankedofthe 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 do not think we will have to wait for long
Arthur C. Clarke fire
It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms ofcan long survive when men have seen thein its true perspective as a single small globe against the .
Arthur C. Clarke men
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 daringseem laughably .
Arthur C. Clarke history
We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is ato which we can never return...
Arthur C. Clarke
Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of , and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their. They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination — for a faith which cannot survive collision with theis not worth many regrets.
Arthur C. Clarke faith
We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is ato 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 andas we know it began.
Arthur C. Clarke childhood
can show . But against theof , there is no appeal.
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can destroyby ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence ofor— but they have few followers now.
Arthur C. Clarke war
All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greaterthan the quest.
Arthur C. Clarke men
They will have time enough, in those endless aeons, to attempt all things, and to gather all... noimagined by our minds have ever possessed thethey will command ... But for all that, they may envy us, basking in the bright afterglow of Creation; for we knew thewhen it was young.
Arthur C. Clarke time
Yet now, as he roared across the toward an unknown , he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my , he asked himself, that thewill be poorer if I leave it.
Arthur C. Clarke war
One cannot have superiorand inferior . The combination is unstable and self-destroying.
Arthur C. Clarke self
As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior and inferior . The combination is unstable and self-destroying.
Arthur C. Clarke self
Behind every man now alive stand 30 , for that is the ratio by which theoutnumber the living.
Arthur C. Clarke living
One of the biggest roles ofis to prepare people to accept thewithoutand to encourage a flexibility of . Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Two-thirds of 2001 is realistic — hardware and technology — to establish background for the , , and later.
Arthur C. Clarke science
Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship— but to create Him.
Arthur C. Clarke worship
The Ramans do everything in threes.
Arthur C. Clarke man
"... we have a situation in which millions of vehicles, each aof often unnecssary complication, are hurtling in all directions under the impulse of anything up to 200 horsepower. Many of them are the size of small houses and contain a couple of tons of sophisticated alloys — yet often carry a single passenger. They can travel at a hundred miles an hour, but are lucky if they average forty. In one lifetime they have consumed more irreplaceable fuel than has been used in the whole previous history of mankind. The roads to support them, inadequate though they are, cost as much as a small war; the analogy is a good one, for the casualties are on the same scale."
Arthur C. Clarke life
This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the , which is a littlesince we may not have one.
Arthur C. Clarke sin
Anythat can be replaced by ashould be!
Arthur C. Clarke
All theseare yours, except . Attempt no landings there.
Arthur C. Clarke you
I wanted to kill myself. I would have done it, too, if I had owned a . I was considering the gruesome alternatives — pills, slitting my wrists with a razor blade, jumping off a bridge — when another student called to ask me a detailed question on relativity. There was no way, after fifteen minutes of thinking about Mr. , thatwas still a viable option. Divorce, certainly. Celibacy, highly likely. Butwas out of the question. I could never have prematurely terminated my love affair with physics.
Arthur C. Clarke love
I would defend theof 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 hate
Readingmanuals without the hardware is as frustrating as readingmanuals without the software.
Arthur C. Clarke war
The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for— much less— beyond thisdoes not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Ourmust still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries moreper second than they could utter in a lifetime.
Arthur C. Clarke life
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entiremay be the hijacking ofby .
Arthur C. Clarke man
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C. Clarke religion
is one of the participants in the . I have a fantasy whereis elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up .
Arthur C. Clarke art
It is later than you think. May it not be true for this Sundial.
Arthur C. Clarke true
I'm sure theis full of. It's just been too intelligent to come here.
Arthur C. Clarke
Finally, I would like to assure my many , , , , and that I am sincerelythat thewhichhas given you has contributed to yourof(and often, as Western medicalnow reluctantly admits, to your physical well-being). Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and , thanand un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be thechallenge of the . Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
Arthur C. Clarke future
The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing . We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships,— and thermonuclear weapons.
Arthur C. Clarke men
There is the possibility thatcan outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in . But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different— each of them claiming to have the , each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others — how can someone possibly take any of them seriously? I mean, that's . ...Though I sometimes call myself a crypto-Buddhist,is not a religion. Of those around at the moment,is the only one that has any appeal to me. But, of course, Islam has been tainted by other influences. The Muslims are behaving like , I'm afraid.
Arthur C. Clarke truth
I want to see lasting and achieved in Sri Lanka as early as possible. But I am aware that peace cannot just be wished; it involves hard ,and persistence.
Arthur C. Clarke war
Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in theor we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
Arthur C. Clarke alone
It has yet to be proven thathas anyvalue.
Arthur C. Clarke value
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 world
It is vital to remember that— in the sense of raw data — is not , that knowledge is not , and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step toof these.
Arthur C. Clarke wisdom
We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years. I have been very fortunate to have witnessed some of humanity's greatest achievements during the 20th century that is nearing its end. Yet we must admit that it has also been the most savage century in the history of our kind. If I can have one more wish, I want to see lasting and achieved in Sri Lanka as early as possible. But I am aware that peace cannot just be wished; it involves hard ,and persistence. As we welcome 2001, let us harness our collective energies to create a culture of peace and a land of .
Arthur C. Clarke life
Theof asteroid or comet impact is one of the bestfor getting into space … I'm very fond of quoting my friend : "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!"
Arthur C. Clarke space
I've been saying for a long time that I'm hoping to find in Washington ... I'm reasonably sure there must be life in this solar system, on Mars or on Europa, and other places. I think life is probably going to be ubiquitous, though we still don't have any proof of that yet — and still less, any proof of intelligent life anywhere. But I hope that will be coming in the next decade or so through radio astronomy or, perhaps, the discovery of objects in space which are obviously artificial. Astronomical engineering — that may be the other thing to look for.
Arthur C. Clarke life
I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about..
Arthur C. Clarke thinking
Theoffers much to , and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But 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 wisdom
There is in thethatdo not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
Arthur C. Clarke man
is probably the most important quest of our , and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently.
Arthur C. Clarke men
I don't believe inbut I'm very interested in her.
Arthur C. Clarke believe
was written in an age which now lies beyond one of the great divides in human ; we are sundered from it forever by the moment whenandstepped out on to the Sea of Tranquility. Now history and fiction have become inexorably intertwined.
Arthur C. Clarke history
Ifhave interests thenhappens.
Arthur C. Clarke
When a distinguished but elderlystates that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke right
Any sufficiently advancedis indistinguishable from .
Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke's First Law: When a distinguished but elderlystates that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke right
Clarke's Second Law: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke past
Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advancedis indistinguishable from .
Arthur C. Clarke law
Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea — in , , , or whatever — seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) "It's completely impossible — don't waste my time"; (2) "It's possible, but it's not worth doing"; (3) "I said it was a all along."
Arthur C. Clarke time
All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. And third it is accepted as self-evident.
Arthur C. Clarke truth
I am afraid that this chapter will amply demonstrate the truth of Clarke's 69th Law, viz., "Readingmanuals without the hardware is as frustrating as readingmanuals without the software." In both cases the cure is simple though usually very expensive.
Arthur C. Clarke truth
We have abolishedhere on the little ; we can never abolish the space that yawns between the .
Arthur C. Clarke ya
Essay, published in Science Digest (June 1960); later published in Profiles of the Future : An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible (1962), Voices from the Sky (1965), and Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! : Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (1999)
Arthur C. Clarke science
Our age is in many ways unique, full of events and phenomena that never occurred before and can never happen again. They distort our thinking, making us believe that what is true now will be true forever, though perhaps on a larger scale. Because we have annihilated distance on this planet, we imagine that we can do it once again. The facts are otherwise, and we see them more clearly if we forget the present and turn our minds towards the past.
Arthur C. Clarke war
When the pioneers and adventurers of our past left their homes in search of new lands, they said good-bye forever to the place of their birth and the companions of their youth. Only a lifetime ago, parents waved farewell to their emigrating children in the virtual certainty that they would never meet again. And now, within one incredible generation, all this has changed.
Arthur C. Clarke life
We have abolished space here on the little Earth; we can never abolish the space that yawns between the stars. Once again, as in the days when Homer sang, we are face-to-face with immensity and must accept its grandeur and terror, its inspiring possibilities and its dreadful restraints.
Arthur C. Clarke art
To obtain a mental picture of the distance to the nearest star, compared to the nearest planet, you must imagine a world in which the closest object to you is only five feet away — and there is nothing else to see until you have travelled a thousand miles.
Arthur C. Clarke men
When you are next out of doors on a summer night, turn your head towards the zenith. Almost vertically above you will be shining the brightest star of the northern skies —of the Lyre, twenty-six years away at the speed of light, near enough to the point of no return for us short-lived creatures. Past this blue-white beacon, fifty times as brilliant as our sun, we may send our minds and bodies, but never our hearts. For no man will ever turn homewards beyond Vega, to greet again those he knew and loved on .
Arthur C. Clarke love
We cannot predict the new , , and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today asorwould be beyond theof a .
Arthur C. Clarke vision
We seldom stop to think that we are still creatures of the sea, able to leave it only because, from birth to , we wear the water-filled space suits of our skins.
Arthur C. Clarke water
The rash assertion that ' made man in His own image' is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many , and as the hierarchy of theis disclosed to us, we may have to recognize this chilling : if there are anywhose chief concern is man, they cannot be very important gods.
Arthur C. Clarke god
All page numbers from the mass market paperback edition published by Del Rey (First Ballantine Books edition, February 1980)
Arthur C. Clarke age
Through long and bitter experience, Rajasinghe had learned never tofirst impressions, but also never to ignore them.
Arthur C. Clarke experience
Since women are better at producing babies, presumablyhas given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can’t think of it.
Arthur C. Clarke women
“I am the King.” Ah, but which king? The monarch who had stood on these granite flagstones — scarcely worn then, eighteen hundred years ago — was probably an able and intelligent man; but he failed to conceive that thecould ever come when he would fade into anas deep as that of his humblest subjects.
Arthur C. Clarke man
Even though you were once a goddess, Kalidasa’swas only an illusion.
Arthur C. Clarke god
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 religious
The hypothesis you refer to as , though not disprovable byalone, is unnecessary for the following . If you assume that the universe can be quote explained unquote as the creation of an entity known as God, he must obviously be of a higher degree of organization than his product. Thus you have more than doubled the size of the original problem, and have taken the first step on a divergingregress.pointed out as recently as your fourteenth century that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily. I cannot therefore understand why this debate continues.
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Meanwhile, among all its countless other effects upon human culture, Starglider had brought to its climax a process that was already well under way. It had put an end to the billions of the words of pious gibberish with which apparently intelligent men had addled their minds for centuries.
Arthur C. Clarke words
There was no substitute for ; one should be aware of imitations.
Arthur C. Clarke war
Belief inis apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction.
Arthur C. Clarke art
Long ago, he had made that choice between work and life that can seldom be avoided at the highest levels of human endeavor … Any fool could shuffle genes, and most did. But whether or not history gave him credit, few men could have achieved what he had done — and was about to do.
Arthur C. Clarke life
One fail-safe after another had let them down. Helped by the ionospheric storm, the sheer perversity of inanimate things struck again.
Arthur C. Clarke help
Thecould not possibly be so malevolent, now that he had only a few hundred meters to go. He was whistling in the , of course. How many aircraft had crashed at the very edge of the runway, after safely crossing an ocean? How many times had machines or muscles failed when there were only millimeters to go? Every possible piece of , bad as well as good, happened to somebody, somewhere. He had no right to expect any special treatment.
Arthur C. Clarke time
If the house is to be demolished tomorrow anyhow, people seem to feel, we may as well burn the furniture today. None of our problems are insoluble...But it seems clear that to prevail we humans will have to act with a smartness and selflessness that has so far eluded us during our long and tangled history.
Arthur C. Clarke art
What we need is a machine that will let us see the other guy’s point of view.
Arthur C. Clarke will
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 sin
Science demands patience.
Arthur C. Clarke man
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.
Arthur C. Clarke time
Just as the human memory is not a passive recorder but a tool in the construction of the self, so history has never been a simple record of the past, but a means of shaping peoples.
Arthur C. Clarke history
If the WormCam had shown nothing else, he thought, it was this, with pitiless clarity: that the lives of most humans had been miserable and short, deprived ofandand , their brief moments in thereduced to sentences to be endured.
Arthur C. Clarke men
The vendors seemed comical, so intent were they on their slivers of meaningless profit, all unaware of the desolate ages that lay in their own near future, their own imminent deaths.
Arthur C. Clarke death
Maybe thosephilosophers are right; maybe this is all we can expect of the universe, a relentless crushing of life and spirit, because the equilibrium state of theis ...
Arthur C. Clarke life
We always thought the livingwas a thing of . It isn’t. Life has had to learn to defend itself against the planet’s random geological savagery.
Arthur C. Clarke living
I now spend apart of mydreaming of times ,and ...
Arthur C. Clarke time
As I approach my 90th birthday, my friends are asking how it feels like, to have completed 90 orbits around the Sun. Well, I actually don't feel a day older than 89!
Arthur C. Clarke friends
I now spend apart of mydreaming of times ,and . As I try to survive on 15 hours sleep a day, I have plenty of time to enjoy vivid . Being completely wheel-chaired doesn't stop my mind from roaming the— on the contrary!
Arthur C. Clarke time
In my time I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my dreams come true! Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, I never expected to see so much happen in the span of a few decades. We "space cadets" of the British Interplanetary Society spent all our spare time discussing space travel — but we didn’t imagine that it lay in our own near future… I still can't quite believe that we've just marked the 50th anniversary of the Space Age! We’ve accomplished a great deal in that time, but the "Golden Age of Space" is only just beginning. Over the next 50 years, thousands of people will travel to Earth orbit — and then, to the Moon and beyond. Space travel — and space tourism — will one day become almost as commonplace as flying to exotic destinations on our own planet.
Arthur C. Clarke dreams
Communication technologies are necessary, but not sufficient, for us humans to get along with each other. This is why we still have many disputes and conflicts in the world. Technology tools help us to gather and disseminate information, but we also need qualities like tolerance and compassion to achieve greater understanding between peoples and nations.I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I hope we've learnt something from the most barbaric century in history — the 20th. I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalisation…
Arthur C. Clarke hope
If I may be allowed just three wishes, they would be these.Firstly, I would like to see some evidence of extra-terrestrial life. I have always believed that we are not alone in the universe. But we are still waiting forto call us — or give us some kind of a sign. We have no way of guessing when this might happen — I hope sooner rather than later!Secondly, I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil, and adopt clean energy sources. ... Climate change has now added a new sense of urgency. Our civilisation depends on energy, but we can't allow oil and coal to slowly bake our planet…The third wish is one closer to home. I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 50 years — and half that time, I’ve been a sad witness to the bitter conflict that divides my adopted country. I dearly wish to see lasting peace established in Sri Lanka as soon as possible.
Arthur C. Clarke life
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.
Arthur C. Clarke hope
I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
Arthur C. Clarke thinking
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke possible

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