Quotation Explorer - 'Arthur C. Clarke'

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. - Arthur C. Clarke
I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself. - Arthur C. Clarke
At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved - if it can be achieved at all - within the next few hundred years. - Arthur C. Clarke
New ideas pass through three periods: - It can't be done. - It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. - I knew it was a good idea all along! - Arthur C. Clarke
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 non-existence of Zeus or Thor - but they have few followers now. - Arthur C. Clarke
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God-but to create him. - Arthur C. Clarke
Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. - Arthur C. Clarke
I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her. - Arthur C. Clarke
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
["The Devil in the Dark"] impressed me because it presented the idea, unusual in science fiction then and now, that something weird, and even dangerous, need not be malevolent. That is a lesson that many of today's politicians have yet to learn. - Arthur C. Clarke
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
I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. - Arthur C. Clarke
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible - Arthur C. Clarke
How inappropriate to call this planet "Earth," when it is clearly "Ocean. - Arthur C. Clarke
In this universe the night was falling; the shadows were lengthening towards an east that would not know another dawn. But elsewhere the stars were still young and the light of morning lingered; and along the path he once had followed, Man would one day go again. - Arthur C. Clarke
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. - Arthur C. Clarke
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. - Arthur C. Clarke
A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible - indeed, inevitable - the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody. - Arthur C. Clarke
Slowly, Jimmy held up his outstretched hands. Men had been arguing for two hundred years about this gesture; would every creature, everywhere in the universe, interpret this as "See--no weapons"? But no one could think of anything better. - Arthur C. Clarke
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke
..the happy hum of humanity. - Arthur C. Clarke
Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. - Arthur C. Clarke
For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert. - Arthur C. Clarke
The rash assertion that "God made man in His own image" is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths. - Arthur C. Clarke
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 towards new ends. - Arthur C. Clarke
Magic's just science that we don't understand yet. - Arthur C. Clarke
But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger. - Arthur C. Clarke
As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying. - Arthur C. Clarke
The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars... A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space. - Arthur C. Clarke
There is no reason to assume that the universe has the slightest interest in intelligence—or even in life. Both may be random accidental by-products of its operations like the beautiful patterns on a butterfly's wings. The insect would fly just as well without them. - 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
One of the greatest tragedies in mankind's entire history may be that morality was hijacked by religion. - Arthur C. Clarke
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. - Arthur C. Clarke
And so Discovery drove on toward Saturn, as often as not pulsating with the cool music of the harpsichord, the frozen thoughts of a brain that had been dust for twice a hundred years. - Arthur C. Clarke
Jan had always been a good pianist, and now he was the finest in the world. - Arthur C. Clarke
Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests. - Arthur C. Clarke
I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here. - Arthur C. Clarke
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. - Arthur C. Clarke
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God--but to create him. - Arthur C. Clarke
But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
We are just tenants on this world. We have just been given a new lease, and a warning from the landlord. - Arthur C. Clarke
New ideas pass through three periods: It can't be done. It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. I knew it was a good idea all along ! - Arthur C. Clarke
It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars. - Arthur C. Clarke
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
The difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced by unskilled labor. - Arthur C. Clarke
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. - Arthur C. Clarke
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. - Arthur C. Clarke
Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
La única posibilidad de descubrir los límites de lo posible es aventurarse un poco más allá de ellos, hacia lo imposible. - Arthur C. Clarke
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.""Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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