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  The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It is the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I dont believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

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

  I am sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It is just been too intelligent to come here.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I cant think of it.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It is completely impossible. (2) It is possible, but it is not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  One cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self- destroying.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible - indeed, inevitable - the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesnt want to give up power.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  The three laws of prediction: 1. 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. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I have been saying for a long time that I am hoping to find intelligent life in Washington.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  How inappropriate to call this planet 'Earth,' when it is clearly 'Ocean.'  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  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 possibly 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 am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  In the struggle for freedom of information, technology, not politics, will be the ultimate decider.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

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

  Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I dont believe in God but I am very interested in her.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

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

  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
  

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

  My favourite definition of an intellectual: Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  There is no reason to assume that the universe has the slightest interest in intelligence - or even in life. Both may be random accidental by-products of its operations like the beautiful patterns on a butterfly's wings. The insect would fly just as well without them.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I am sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science populariser. Of all these, I want to be remembered most as a writer - one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imaginations as well.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  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 dont 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 dont 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
  

  The basis of morality is really very simple and doesnt require religion at all. It is this: 'Dont 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 dont 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 am 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 dont 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 doesnt 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
  

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

  Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

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

  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
  

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

  The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  One cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self- destroying.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can't think of it.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.  
 -  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
  

  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 possibly 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
  

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

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

  I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can't think of it.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

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