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  • The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • 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.
    (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)

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

  • 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!
    (Arthur C. Clarke)


  • I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

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

  • 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?
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • 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.
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

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

  • The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.
    (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)


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