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

Arthur C. Clarke on potential
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It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Arthur C. Clarke on intelligence
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke on technology
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In the long run, there are no secrets. in science. The universe will not cooperate in a cover-up.

Arthur C. Clarke on secrets
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I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

Arthur C. Clarke on politics
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Reading computer manuals without the hardware is a frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.

Arthur C. Clarke on computers
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Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

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

Arthur C. Clarke on appeal
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I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

Arthur C. Clarke on answers
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The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke on motivational
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I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.

Arthur C. Clarke on religion
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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 on science
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About Arthur C. Clarke

Name Arthur C. Clarke
Quotes 31 quotes
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16
About Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.
Top topics impossible, idea, science, worth, limits

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.

Arthur C. Clarke on science
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The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke on defined
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My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence. [Sources and Acknowledgements: Chapter 19]

Arthur C. Clarke on education
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There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.

Arthur C. Clarke on fact
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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 on completely
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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 on funny
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The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

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

Arthur C. Clarke on detective
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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 on 21st
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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 on abandon
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Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not.

In either case the idea is quite staggering.

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Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading manuals without the software.

Arthur C. Clarke on computers
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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 on age
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I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.

Arthur C. Clarke on astrology
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Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.

Arthur C. Clarke on fact
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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 on distinguished
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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.

Arthur C. Clarke on patriotism
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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 on ideas
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It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.

Arthur C. Clarke on create
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