Talk:Arthur C. Clarke

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Arthur C. Clarke page.

early comments[edit]

What does It is not the same in English original. mean? What language other than English is being referred to? Nanobug 12:04, 8 Oct 2003 (UTC)

"There is a certain hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke

I've added the following to Attributed ; I cannot find the original source (this is not 2001) -- Murphypathe

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


I think the last few quotes in the article, a couple of the "Any ___ is ___ from a ___" quotes, may be vandalism. I could be wrong but it would be wise to check, and they are unsourced. 09:43, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Unsourced quote[edit]

My favourite definition of "Intellectual" is: "A person whose education surpasses their intelligence."

Clarke here quotes a definition he does not claim to have originated (but even where he said this remains unsourced). pretty sure Clarke wrote this in the Epilog of 3001. But I don't have to book at hand right now.

Magic is just science we don’t understand yet.[edit]

Does anyone know if that quote is really by Clarke and what's the source?


These should be provided with sources before being moved back into the article.
  • And then you realize the blinding truth (3001: Final Odyssey).
  • I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're sceptical.
  • My favourite definition of "Intellectual" is: "Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence."
    • Clarke here quotes a definition he does not claim to have originated. He stated this in the Sources and Acknowledgements chapter of 3001: The Final Odyssey, when he's discussing book chapter 19.
  • The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing.
  • We should always be prepared for future technologies, because otherwise they will come along and clobber us.
  • On UFOs: "They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how rare it is on Earth."