Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

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i-dont-believe-in-god-but-im-very-interested-in-her
this-is-the-first-age-thats-ever-paid-much-attention-to-the-future-which-is-a-little-ironic-since-we-may-not-have-one
sometimes-i-think-were-alone-in-the-universe-and-sometimes-i-think-were-not-in-either-case-the-idea-is-quite-staggering
the-greatest-tragedy-in-mankinds-entire-history-may-be-the-hijacking-of-morality-by-religion
it-has-yet-to-be-proven-that-intelligence-has-any-survival-value
human-judges-can-show-mercy-but-against-the-laws-of-nature-there-is-no-appeal
i-have-a-fantasy-where-ted-turner-is-elected-president-but-refuses-because-he-doesnt-want-to-give-up-power
politicians-should-read-science-fiction-not-westerns-and-detective-stories
our-lifetime-may-be-the-last-that-will-be-lived-out-in-a-technological-society
any-sufficiently-advanced-technology-is-indistinguishable-from-magic
the-moon-is-first-milestone-on-road-to-stars
i-have-never-grown-up-but-i-will-never-stop-growing-arthur-c-clarke
the-more-wonderful-means-communication-more-trivial-tawdry-depressing-its-contents-seemed-to-be-arthur-c-clarke
it-must-be-wonderful-to-be-seventeen-to-know-everything-arthur-c-clarke
our-own-grandchildren-may-demonstrate-thatsometimes-gigantic-is-beautiful-arthur-c-clarke
the-only-real-problem-in-life-is-what-to-do-next-arthur-c-clarke
no-communication-technology-has-ever-disappeared-but-instead-becomes-increasingly-less-important-as-technological-horizon-widens-arthur-c-clarke
seti-is-probably-most-important-quest-our-time-it-amazes-me-that-governments-corporations-are-not-supporting-it-sufficiently-arthur-c-clarke
if-there-are-any-gods-whose-chief-concern-is-man-they-cant-be-important-gods-arthur-c-clarke
one-greatest-tragedies-in-mankinds-entire-history-may-be-that-morality-was-hijacked-by-religion-arthur-c-clarke
the-rash-assertion-that-god-made-man-in-his-own-image-is-ticking-like-time-bomb-at-foundation-many-faiths-arthur-c-clarke
they-had-not-yet-attained-stupefying-boredom-omnipotence-their-experiments-did-not-always-succeed-arthur-c-clarke
men-knew-better-than-they-realized-when-they-placed-abode-gods-beyond-reach-gravity-arthur-c-clarke
moses-kaldor-had-always-loved-mountains-they-made-him-feel-nearer-to-god-whose-nonexistence-he-still-sometimes-resented-arthur-c-clarke
two-possibilities-exist-either-we-are-alone-in-universe-we-are-not-both-are-equally-terrifying-arthur-c-clarke
im-sure-universe-is-full-intelligent-life-its-just-been-too-intelligent-to-come-here-irc-discussion-at-scificom-1-november-1996-arthur-c-clarke
my-favourite-definition-intellectual-someone-who-has-been-educated-beyond-hisher-intelligence-sources-acknowledgements-chapter-19-arthur-c-clarke
newspapers-utopia-he-had-long-ago-decided-would-be-terribly-dull-arthur-c-clarke
excessive-interest-in-pathological-behavior-was-itself-pathological-arthur-c-clarke
few-artists-thrive-in-solitude-nothing-is-more-stimulating-than-conflict-minds-with-similar-interests-arthur-c-clarke
how-inappropriate-to-call-this-planet-earth-when-it-is-clearly-ocean-arthur-c-clarke
magics-just-science-that-we-dont-understand-yet-arthur-c-clarke
meteorites-dont-fall-on-earth-they-fall-on-sun-earth-gets-in-way-john-w-campbell-arthur-c-clarke
if-man-can-live-in-manhattan-he-can-live-anywhere-arthur-c-clarke
science-fiction-is-something-that-could-happen-but-usually-you-wouldnt-want-it-to-fantasy-is-something-that-couldnt-happen-though-often-you-only-wish-that-it-could-arthur-c-clark
happy-hum-humanity-arthur-c-clarke
(...)Through the ship's telescopes, he had watched the death of the solar system. With his own eyes, he had seen the volcanoes of Mars erupt for the first time in a billion years; Venus briefly naked as her atmosphere was blasted into space before she herself was consumed; the gas giants exploding into incandescent fireballs. But these were empty, meaningless spectacles compared with the tragedy of Earth. That, too, he had watched through the lenses of cameras that had survived a few minutes longer than the devoted men who had sacrificed the last moments of their lives to set them up. He had seen... the Great Pyramid, glowing dully red before it slumped into a puddle of molten stone... the floor of the Atlantic, baked rock-hard in seconds, before it was submerged again, by the lava gushing from the volcanoes of the Mid-ocean Rift... the Moon rising above the flaming forests of Brazil and now itself shining almost as brilliantly as had the Sun, on its last setting, only minutes before... the continent of Antarctica emerging briefly after its long burial, as the kilometres of ancient ice were burned away... the mighty central span of the Gibraltar Bridge, melting even as it slumped downward through the burning air... In that last century the Earth was haunted with ghosts - not of the dead, but of those who now could never be born. For five hundred years the birthrate had been held at a level that would reduce the human population to a few millions when the end finally came. Whole cities - even countries - had been deserted as mankind huddled together for History's closing act.

Arthur C. Clarke
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yes-it-made-sense-was-absurdly-simple-that-it-would-take-genius-to-think-it-and-perhaps-someone-who-did-not-expect-to-do-it-himself-arthur-c-clarke
now-times-had-changed-inherited-wisdom-past-had-become-folly-arthur-c-clarke
as-his-body-became-more-more-defenseless-his-means-offense-became-steadily-more-frightful-arthur-c-clarke
what-was-more-they-had-taken-first-step-toward-genuine-friendship-they-had-exchanged-vulnerabilities-arthur-c-clarke
he-found-it-both-sad-fascinating-that-only-through-artificial-universe-video-images-could-she-establish-contact-with-real-world-arthur-c-clarke
whether-we-are-based-on-carbon-on-silicon-makes-no-fundamental-difference-we-should-each-be-treated-with-appropriate-respect-arthur-c-clarke
humor-was-enemy-desire-arthur-c-clarke
Bowman was aware of some changes in his behavior patterns; it would have been absurd to expect anything else in the circumstances. He could no longer tolerate silence; except when he was sleeping, or talking over the circuit to Earth, he kept the ship's sound system running at almost painful loudness. / At first, needing the companionship of the human voice, he had listened to classical plays-especially the works of Shaw, Ibsen, and Shakespeare-or poetry readings from Discovery's enormous library of recorded sounds. The problems they dealt with, however, seemed so remote, or so easily resolved with a little common sense, that after a while he lost patience with them. / So he switched to opera-usually in Italian or German, so that he was not distracted even by the minimal intellectual content that most operas contained. This phase lasted for two weeks before he realized that the sound of all these superbly trained voices was only exacerbating his loneliness. But what finally ended this cycle was Verdi's Requiem Mass, which he had never heard performed on Earth. The "Dies Irae, " roaring with ominous appropriateness through the empty ship, left him completely shattered; and when the trumpets of Doomsday echoed from the heavens, he could endure no more. / Thereafter, he played only instrumental music. He started with the romantic composers, but shed them one by one as their emotional outpourings became too oppressive. Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, lasted a few weeks, Beethoven rather longer. He finally found peace, as so many others had done, in the abstract architecture of Bach, occasionally ornamented with Mozart. / 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
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all-human-plans-are-subject-to-ruthless-revision-by-nature-fate-whatever-one-preferred-to-call-powers-behind-universe-arthur-c-clarke
it-is-hard-to-draw-any-line-between-compassion-love-arthur-c-clarke
a-faith-that-cannot-survive-collision-with-truth-is-not-worth-many-regrets-arthur-c-clarke
but-please-remember-this-is-only-work-fiction-the-truth-as-always-will-be-far-stranger-arthur-c-clarke
jan-had-always-been-good-pianist-now-he-was-finest-in-world-arthur-c-clarke
he-had-suspicion-plausible-answers-they-were-often-wrong-arthur-c-clarke