32 Arthur C Clarke Quotes From The Pioneering Author Of '2001'

Divya Raghav
Dec 12, 2023 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Feb 19, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Arthur C. Clarke was not just a science-fiction writer but also a futurist, science writer, undersea explorer, inventor, and television series host.

One of the most famous books by author Arthur C Clarke is '2001: A Space Odyssey'. He was also involved in a famous movie's screenplay with the same name, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Arthur C. Clarke was born on 16 December, 1917. The author was a man of the future.

Keen to know about the universe and its functions, he has explored all the things that he could or ever had an interest in. He was also into space travel along with being a writer. He has not only written many books but also essays for famous magazines.

He received a UNESCO award, the Kalinga Prize, for making science popular. The science-fiction writings that he wrote helped him in earning the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age."

Along with this, he also ended up winning various Nebula and Hugo awards. As Arthur C. Clarke had a huge number of readers, he became one of the top figures of the genre of science fiction.

Arthur C. Clarke was known to be one of the "Big Three" of science fiction sharing the title with Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.

Passion about learning things that he was interested in was what made him who he was. His learning and wisdom have been brought here in Arthur C. Clarke quotes on '2001'.

In the quotes below, you can actually read what this genius had to say about religion, astronauts, life, the universe, and all the things he has experienced in his life. His life has been a marvel and it is a great relief that we can read his wisdom here.

Some quotes will make you amazed because of the way he has been into understanding the universe.

The craze and passion of this genius actually shows in all the things that he has ever said in his life. Read these writer Arthur C. Clarke quotes for absorbing the energy he shares from his quotes about the technology, universe, world, and much more.

You can read all the famous and amazing quotes from Arthur C Clarke that I have collected here. Also, you can read [sci-fi quotes] and Ursula K Le Guin quotes if these interest you.

Famous Quotes From Arthur C Clarke

This section includes Arthur C. Clarke quotes from books, Arthur C. Clarke quotes on writing, and science fiction. The future holds great knowledge as you are going to read the quotations from the author Arthur C. Clarke.

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

- Arthur C Clarke.

2. "The future is not to be forecast, but created."

- Arthur C Clarke.

3. "Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living."

- Arthur C Clarke, '2001: A Space Odyssey.'

4. "I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself."

- Arthur C Clarke.

5. "A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets."

- Arthur C Clarke, 'The Exploration of Space.'

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

- Arthur C Clarke.

7. "I will not be afraid because I understand...And understanding is happiness."

- Arthur C Clarke, 'Rama Revealed.'

8. "My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.'"

- Arthur C Clarke, '3001: The Final Odyssey.'

9. "If the artist did not know his goal, even the most miraculous of tools could not find it for him."

- Arthur C Clarke, 'The City and the Stars.'

10. "Guns are the crutches of the impotent."

- Arthur C Clarke.

11. "A well-stocked mind is safe from boredom."

- Arthur C Clarke, 'Childhood's End.'

Arthur C Clarke Quotes About Technology

In this section, you can find Arthur C. Clarke engineering quotes, Arthur C. Clarke quotes about astronauts, Arthur C. Clarke quotes about the future evolution of man, or you can simply find more quotes. Read ahead to explore them.

12. "How inappropriate to call this planet "Earth," when it is clearly "Ocean.""

- Arthur C. Clarke.

13. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

14. "Science demands patience."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

15. "Only feeble minds are paralyzed by facts."

- Arthur C. Clarke, ' The Promise of Space.'

16. "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Technology and the Future.'

17. "Magic's just science that we don't understand yet."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

18. "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."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Exploration of Space.'

19. "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 non-existence of Zeus or Thor — but they have few followers now."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Childhood's End.'

Arthur C Clarke Religion Quotes

The visionaries always have a different point of view about common topics and it is always amazing to know their point of view. Here are some quotes from Arthur C. Clarke about religion.

20. "One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion."

- Arthur C Clarke.

21. "Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

22. "Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference we should each be treated with appropriate respect."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

23. "Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity?"

- Arthur C. Clarke.

24. "Science is the only religion of mankind."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Childhood's End.'

25. "It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God--but to create him."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

Arthur C Clarke Universe Quotes

The cosmos has all the answers to every question ever asked. There are many questions when it comes to understanding how the universe works. Read these Clarke quotes about the universe to understand the world outside of this world through his lines. You might find some Arthur C. Clarke alien quotes too.

26. "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

27. "I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Sentinel.'

28. "Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Maelstrom II.'

29. "I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here."

- Arthur C. Clarke.

30. "As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Voices from the Sky: Previews of the Coming Space Age.'

31. "Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Nine Billion Names of God.'

32. "We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return."

- Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Exploration of Space.'

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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