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Quote: I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.


Quote: 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. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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.


Quote: Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.


Quote: How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.


Quote: It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God -- but to create him. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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?


Quote: 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! by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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!


Quote: 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. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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.


Quote: There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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


Quote: The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. However valuable-even necessary-that may have been in enforcing good behavior on primitive peoples, their association is now counterproductive. Yet at the very moment when they should be decoupled, sanctimonious nitwits are calling for a return to morals based on superstition.


Quote: 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. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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.


Quote: The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.


Quote: 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. by author Arthur C. Clarke overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur C. Clarke with quote

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.


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