Arthur C. Clarke Quotes

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

I am an optimist; anyone interested in the future has to be, otherwise he would simply shoot himself.

CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.

Q: Do you think there is intelligent life out there? A: I sometimes doubt whether there is intelligent life down here! It seems incredible that, in this enormous universe, we are the only intelligence. If we are the only intelligence in this gigantic universe, that’s a tremendous responsibility.Q: But if there is life out there, […]

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing.

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.

No individual exists forever; why should we expect our species to be immortal? Man, said Nietzsche, is a rope stretched between the animal and the superhuman Ð a rope across the abyss. That will be a noble purpose to have served.

When you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine.

Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe,and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.