Arthur C. Clarke

A science fiction writer, inventor, and futurist.

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10 quotations — 1 Funny, 9 Serious.

  1. I don't believe in astrology.
    I'm a Sagittarius, and we're skeptical.

  2. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    [Clarke's Third Law]
  3. As three laws were good enough for Newton, I have modestly decided to stop there.
    [Referring to Clarke's three laws.]
  4. Every revolutionary idea — in science, politics, art, or whatever — seems to evoke three stages of reaction.
    They may be summed up by the phrases:
    (1) It's completely impossible; don't waste my time.
    (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
    (3) I said it was a good idea all along.
  5. It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
  6. The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return.
    It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
  7. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them, into the impossible.
    [Clarke's Second Law]
  8. There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
  9. Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not.
    Both are equally terrifying.
  10. 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.
    [Clarke's First Law]