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As I approach my 90th birthday, my friends are asking how it feels like, to have completed 90
orbits around the Sun. Well, I actually don't feel a day older than 89!
Arthur C. Clarke

Just as the human memory is not a passive recorder but a tool in the construction of the self,
so history has never been a simple record of the past, but a means of shaping peoples.
Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

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

A single test which proves some piece of theory wrong is more valuable than a hundred tests
showing that idea might be true.
Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing.
Arthur C. Clarke

The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life - much less intelligence -
beyond this Earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be
laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms
while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a
lifetime.
Arthur C. Clarke

It was the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand.
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

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

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We
shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships,
computers - and thermonuclear weapons.
Arthur C. Clarke

The difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced
by unskilled labor.
Arthur C. Clarke

We should always be prepared for future technologies, because otherwise they will come
along and clobber us.
Arthur C. Clarke

After their encounter on the approach to Jupiter, there would aways be a secret bond
between them - not of love, but of tenderness, which is often more enduring.
Arthur C. Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.
Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Arthur C. Clarke

What we need is a machine that will let us see the other guy's point of view.
Arthur C. Clarke

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

The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space...
I'm very fond of quoting my friend Larry Niven: "The dinosaurs became extinct because they
didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space
program, it'll serve us right!"
Arthur C. Clarke

Life is just one big banana. Science fiction allows us all to peel open the reality and discover
the yellow truth inside.
Arthur C. Clarke

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

Any path to knowledge is a path to God - or Reality - whichever word one prefers to use.
Arthur C. Clarke

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

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now
people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of
morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all.
Arthur C. Clarke

We always thought the living earth was a thing of beauty. It isn't. Life has had to learn to
defend itself against the planet's random geological savagery.
Arthur C. Clarke

I sometimes think that the universe is a machine designed for the perpetual astonishment of
astronomers.
Arthur C. Clarke

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

2001 was written in an age which now lies beyond one of the great divides in human history;
we are sundered from it forever by the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped
out on to the Sea of Tranquility. Now history and fiction have become inexorably intertwined.
Arthur C. Clarke

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