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Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” Quotes (6 Quotes)


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  • Utopia was here at last: its novelty had not yet been assailed by the supreme enemy of a ll Utopias - boredom.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")

  • No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")

  • 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 nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")

  • Science is the only religion of mankind.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")

  • There was nothing left of Earth. They had leeched away the last atoms of its substance. It had nourished them, through the fierce moments of their inconceivable metamorphosis, as the food stored in a grain of wheat feeds the infant plant while it climbs towards the Sun.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")


  • There were some things that only time could cure. Evil men could be destroyed, but nothing could be done with good men who were deluded.
    (Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End")


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