19 March 2008

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)

Rest With God

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

"The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars... A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space."

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

"If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run - and often in the short one - the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative."

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale."

"It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars."

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

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. "