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If an elderly but distinguished scientist says ...
by Arthur C. Clarke

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Related topics: Science

The only way to discover the limits of the possible
is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President
but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke

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

 

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Credulity - willingness to accept
unsupported statements without demanding proof -
is the greatest ally of the dictator and the demagogue.
- Arthur C. Clarke

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Clarke's Third Law:
Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of
nationalism can long survive when men have seen the
Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I don't pretend we have all the answers.
But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Politicians should read science fiction,
not westerns and detective stories.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Human judges can show mercy.
But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe,
and sometimes I think we're not.
In either case the idea is quite staggering.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out
in a technological society.
- Arthur C. Clarke

New ideas pass through three periods:
1) It can't be done.
2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- Arthur C. Clarke

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.
- Arthur C. Clarke

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

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.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may
be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1
January 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century
and the Third Millennium.
- Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God -
but to create him.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.
- Arthur C. Clarke

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going
beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
- Arthur C. Clarke

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future,
which is a little ironic since we may not have one.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction.
They may be summed up by the phrases:
1-
It's completely impossible.
2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
3- I said it was a good idea all along.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that
there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here.
Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.
- Arthur C. Clarke

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth.
How can it be, in a world where half the things a man
knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 -
and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
- Arthur C. Clarke

I know what I write about seems exotic to a lot of people,
but not for me.
I pulled up to an old trading post and saw a few elderly
Navajos sitting on a bench.
I felt right at home.
- Tony Hillerman

It's true I don't tolerate fools but then they don't tolerate me,
so I am spiky.
Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.
- Maggie Smith

Sure I'm for helping the elderly.
I'm going to be old myself someday.
- Lillian Gordy Carter

Let me be clear - I want all Louisiana citizens to have choice -
including the elderly and persons with disabilities -
and their families -
who rely on the state for their care.
- Kathleen Blanco

Social Security is one of the greatest achievements
of the American government,
protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring
young people of a more secure future.
- Mark Foley

A lot of kids do look up to us.
But there are just as many elderly people to put us down.
- Donnie Wahlberg

And as a child I was filled with passionate admiration
for acts of civic courage I had seen performed by an elderly military doctor,
who was a friend of my family.
- Rene Cassin

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances,
including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee,
in which case we feel 107.
- Martha Beck

Why can't we build orphanages next to homes for the
elderly? If someone were sitting in a rocker,
it wouldn't be long before a kid will be in his lap.
- Cloris Leachman

Hollywood does not write parts for people like me,
an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you're crippled,
forget about it.
No, I'll never work again.
- Ricardo Montalban

I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally
handicapped we have an obligation too you,
but if you are able-bodied, you should be working.
- Alphonso Jackson

Some writing and production projects will be a great
way to spend my elderly rock years.
- Geddy Lee

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
- Bertrand Russell

In fact, Social Security is the only source of income
nationwide for 29 percent of unmarried elderly women.
- Ginny B. Waite

I remember once having to stop performing when I thought
an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually
going to die because he was laughing so hard.
- Adrian Edmondson

If I were mayor, I'd invite everyone to have free boat
trips on the river and free balloon rides over the city.
I'd let the elderly in residential homes wander free.
- Jane Birkin

Many Americans are unaware that we still have a large
population of working families,
elderly, and children who rely on emergency food pantries,
shelters, and other resources to meet their nutritional needs.
- Blanche Lincoln

Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing.
When fullness of life has been achieved,
shortness of days is nothing.
That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death;
they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten.
- Lewis Mumford

I cannot forget a conversation that I had with an elderly couple from the tribe.
They asked me whether I would kill them after I had finished.
When I asked them why they asked that,
they replied, Because you white men always do!
- Roland Joffe

Traditionally, Medicare's assurance has been that for
the elderly and persons with disabilities that they
will not be alone when confronted with the full burden
of their health care costs.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

The University of Nebraska says that elderly people
that drink beer or wine at least four times a week
have the highest bone density.
They need it - they're the ones falling down the most.
- Jay Leno

We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties,
arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives
to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks,
elderly Jews and other minorities.
- Barbra Streisand

It has to have a payroll tax that's dedicated to Social Security.
The Social Security tax has been very successful over
the years in raising almost all of our elderly citizens out of poverty.
- James Roosevelt

So my father grew up in an orphanage in Boston.
He was then adopted by an elderly childless couple from Maine,
who gave him the name of Mitchell.
He moved to Maine, and there he met my mother and was married.
- George J. Mitchell

Germany, I think, was first to substitute a Social
Security program for its elderly based on this premise,
that is, that we would tax workers to pay retirement
benefits for those retired.
- John Shadegg

It was once said that the moral test of government
is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life,
the children; those who are in the twilight of life,
the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life,
the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

This administration is cutting the programs that our
Nation and its citizens need most,
while dissolving the safety nets created to protect
the elderly and less fortunate in this wealthy Nation.
- Corrine Brown

As pressure grows to ease the financial burden on social security,
pressure will also grow to eliminate the elderly and
infirm to 'free up' more money for the 'fit' and those
who contribute more than they take from society.
- Cal Thomas

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce

Men are distinguished from women by their commitment
to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
- Andrea Dworkin

Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics
even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
- Henry David Thoreau

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author,
and I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov

To be in this business and have tremendous integrity
and only make distinguished choices is very tough.
- Alec Baldwin

A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by
the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
- Herbert Spencer

Before this distinguished assembly and the world,
the bells today proclaim the joyous tidings of the
completion of this quietly soaring tower.
- Earl Warren

If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished
from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
- Joseph Addison

The most distinguished hallmark of the American society
is and always has been change.
- Eric Sevareid

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea,
and that was wrong.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The 150th anniversary of Penn State will highlight
what is important and good about this distinguished
institution and the fine people and research that it produces.
- Don Sherwood

There is only one justification for universities,
as distinguished from trade schools.
They must be centers of criticism.
- Robert M. Hutchins

One of the prerogatives by which man is eminently distinguished
from all other living beings inhabiting this globe of earth,
consists in the gift of reason.
- William Godwin


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