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    arthur c. clarke Quotes

    If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
    — 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
    Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: impossible  ideas  worth 
     
    We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: men  youth  world  true  ideas 
     
    The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: impossible 
     
    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
    tags: wisdom 
     
    How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: earth  ocean 
     
    I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: universe 
     
    The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That's why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: future  present  goal 
     
    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.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: young  adult  liberty 
     
    You can't have it both ways. You can't have both free will and a benevolent higher power who protects you from yourself.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: power 
     
    I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    We cannot predict the new forces, powers, 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 as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    Until we get rid of religion, we won't be able to conduct the search for God.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: god 
     
    Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: impossible 
     
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: magic  technology 
     
    In my life I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving. Nothing else - not fame, not power, not achievement for its own sake - can possible have the same lasting value. For when your life is over, if you can say 'I have learned' and 'I have loved,' you will also be able to say 'I have been happy.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    The goal of the future is full unemployment
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: future  goal 
     
    What we need is a machine that will let us see the other guy's point of view.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: machine 
     
    I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: believe 
     
    The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: happiness  lost 
     
    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.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: future  age  attention 
     
    And because, in all the Galaxy, they had found nothing more precious than Mind, they encouraged its dawning everywhere. They became farmers in the fields of stars; they sowed, and sometimes they reaped. And sometimes, dispassionately, they had to weed.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: mind 
     
    . . . the newspapers of Utopia, he had long ago decided, would be terribly dull.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: god  worship 
     
    New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: ideas  worth 
     
    Across the gulf of centuries, the blind smile of Homer is turned upon our age. Along the echoing corridors of time, the roar of the rockets merges now with the creak of the wind-taut rigging. For somewhere in the world today, still unconscious of his destiny, walks the boy who will be the first Odysseus of the Age of Space.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: time  world  smile  age  space  boys 
     
    When beauty is universal, it loses its power to move the heart, and only its absence can produce any emotional effect.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: beauty  heart  power  emotional 
     
    The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past...
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    Now I'm a scientific expert; that means I know nothing about absolutely everything.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    The realisation that our small planet is only one of many worlds gives mankind the perspective it needs to realise sooner that our own world belongs to all its creatures.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    Anything that is theoretically possible will be achieved in practice, no matter what the technical difficulties are, if it is desired greatly enough.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    The crossing of space ... may do much to turn men's minds outwards and away from their present tribal squabbles. In this sense, the rocket, far from being one of the destroyers of civilisation, may provide the safety-value that is needed to preserve it.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: present  space  mind 
     
    God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: god  universe 
     
    A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: truth  regret  faith  worth 
     
    Religion is a byproduct of fear,
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: fear 
     
    Science is the only religion of mankind.
    — Arthur C. Clarke
    tags: mankind 
     
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