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Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

Suppose, in their altruistic passion for justice and order, they had determined to reform the world, but had not realized that they were destroying the soul of man?
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I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.

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Science fiction is something that could happen - but usually you wouldn't want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn't happen - though often you only wish that it could.

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Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

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If one had to think about every footstep one took, ordinary walking would be impossible.

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Those wanderers must have looked on Earth, circling safely in the narrow zone between fire and ice, and must have guessed that it was the favourite of the Sun's children.

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Religion is a byproduct of fear.

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He had sometimes wondered if the real reason why men sought danger was that only thus could they find the companionship and solidarity which they unconsciously craved.

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He did not wander aimlessly, though he never knew which village would be his next port of call. He was seeking no particular place, but a mood, an influence-indeed, a way of life.

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The image of Jupiter, with its ribbons of white cloud, its mottled bands of salmon pink, and the Great Red Spot staring out like a baleful eye, hung steady on the flight-deck projection screen.

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I don't believe all this just happened," Nicole said. "Not on another planet. Not anywhere. Natural evolution simply does not result in the kind of interspecies harmony we have witnessed the last two days.

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Three million years! The infinitely crowded panorama of written history, with its empires and its kings, its triumphs and its tragedies, covered barely one thousandth of this appalling span of time.

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Hal in full control of the ship. The

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But in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as

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Hello, Dave," said Hal presently. "Have you found the trouble?" This

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The choice, as Wells once said, is the Universe-or nothing ... The challenge of the great spaces between the worlds is a stupendous one; but if we fail to meet it, the story of our race will be drawing to its close. Humanity will have turned its back upon the still untrodden heights and will be descending again the long slope that stretches, across a thousand million years of time, down to the shores of the primeval sea.

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In all the universe there is nothing more precious than mind.

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We over estimate technology in the short term and under estimate technology in the long term.

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

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I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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SETI is probably the most important quest of our time , and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently.

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