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Sir Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

"A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets."

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering."

"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."

"It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value."

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale."

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."

"New ideas pass through three periods: it can't be done, it probably can be done, but it's not worth doing, and I knew it was a good idea all along!"

"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."

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

"I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her."

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

"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. "

"The basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all. It's this: 'Don't do unto anybody else what you wouldn't like to be done to you.' It seems to me that that's all there is to it."

"It is vital to remember that information 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."

"Even educated people need some emotional crutch, and it is nice to feel that somebody up there is looking after your concerns. It is harmless unless it becomes an obsession."

"Science fiction seldom attempts to predict the future. More often than not, it tries to prevent the future."

"It is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different religions, each of them claiming to have the truth, each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others. How can someone possibly take any of them seriously?"

"As far as the future is concerned, any political or sociological prediction is impossible. The only area where there is any possibility of success is the technological future."

"The information age has been driven and dominated by technopreneurs. We now have to apply these technologies in saving lives, improving livelihoods and lifting millions of people out of squalor, misery and suffering. In other words, our focus must now move from the geeks to the meek."

"I've combined all my beliefs into this phrase I've been circulating: 'Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.'"

"I think it's probable that as we develop, we'll move our minds into our machines. You could experience anything, be anywhere, you see. Get an infinite number of real universes as well as imaginary universes."

"I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here."

"If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created that whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading mankind?"

"The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity."

"My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents..."

"You will find men like him in all of the world's religions. They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods. Not necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy a religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistance of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now."

"I would defend the liberty of concenting 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."

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