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Arthur C. Clarke

Data de nascimento: 16. Dezembro 1917
Data de falecimento: 19. Março 2008
Outros nomes: Arthur Charles Clarke

Arthur Charles Clarke, mais conhecido como Arthur C. Clarke foi um escritor e inventor britânico radicado no Sri Lanka, autor de obras de divulgação científica e de ficção científica como o conto The Sentinel, que deu origem ao filme 2001: Uma Odisséia no Espaço e o premiado Encontro com Rama. Wikipedia

„Qualquer tecnologia suficientemente avançada é indistinguível da magia.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke escritor de ficção científica.; "3001: the final odyssey‎" - página 36, de Arthur C. Clarke - Ballantine Books, 1998, ISBN 0345423496, 9780345423498 - 274 páginas

„Pode ser que nosso destino nesse planeta não seja adorar a Deus, mas sim criá-Lo.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke em "The Mind of the Machine", conforme citado em "Humanitas‎", Volume 6 - Página 79, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, 1970

„Sinto-me como uma lagosta.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Clarke, autor de 2001 – Uma Odisséia no Espaço, encasacado num calor de 40 graus para receber o título de Cavaleiro do Império Britânico, em uma cerimônia no Sri Lanka; citado em Revista Veja, Edição 1 652 -7/6/2000 http://veja.abril.com.br/070600/vejaessa.html

„A única forma de descobrir os limites do possível é indo mais além deles, ao impossível.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Variante: A única maneira de se definir os limites do possível é ir além dele, para o impossível.

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

—  Arthur C. Clarke

IRC discussion at Scifi.com (1 November 1996) http://web.archive.org/web/20021201214228/http://www.scifi.com/transcripts/aclarke.txt with Clarke and Gentry Lee
1990s

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„In my time I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my dreams come true!“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
Contexto: In my time I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my dreams come true! Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, I never expected to see so much happen in the span of a few decades. We "space cadets" of the British Interplanetary Society spent all our spare time discussing space travel — but we didn’t imagine that it lay in our own near future… I still can't quite believe that we've just marked the 50th anniversary of the Space Age! We’ve accomplished a great deal in that time, but the "Golden Age of Space" is only just beginning. Over the next 50 years, thousands of people will travel to Earth orbit — and then, to the Moon and beyond. Space travel — and space tourism — will one day become almost as commonplace as flying to exotic destinations on our own planet.

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

—  Arthur C. Clarke

As quoted in Visions : How Science Will Revolutionize the Twenty-First Century (1999) by Michio Kaku, p. 295
2000s and attributed from posthumous publications

„Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)
Fonte: Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible

„Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)
1990s
Contexto: Finally, I would like to assure my many Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim friends that I am sincerely happy that the religion which Chance has given you has contributed to your peace of mind (and often, as Western medical science now reluctantly admits, to your physical well-being). Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.

„Communication technologies are necessary, but not sufficient, for us humans to get along with each other.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
Contexto: Communication technologies are necessary, but not sufficient, for us humans to get along with each other. This is why we still have many disputes and conflicts in the world. Technology tools help us to gather and disseminate information, but we also need qualities like tolerance and compassion to achieve greater understanding between peoples and nations.
I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I hope we've learnt something from the most barbaric century in history — the 20th. I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalisation…

„Only a lifetime ago, parents waved farewell to their emigrating children in the virtual certainty that they would never meet again.
And now, within one incredible generation, all this has changed.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

We'll Never Conquer Space (1960)
Contexto: When the pioneers and adventurers of our past left their homes in search of new lands, they said good-bye forever to the place of their birth and the companions of their youth. Only a lifetime ago, parents waved farewell to their emigrating children in the virtual certainty that they would never meet again.
And now, within one incredible generation, all this has changed.

„I want to see lasting and meaningful peace achieved in Sri Lanka as early as possible. But I am aware that peace cannot just be wished; it involves hard work, courage and persistence.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

As quoted in the [Sri Lanka] Sunday Times (31 December 2000)
2000s and attributed from posthumous publications
Contexto: We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years. I have been very fortunate to have witnessed some of humanity's greatest achievements during the 20th century that is nearing its end. Yet we must admit that it has also been the most savage century in the history of our kind. If I can have one more wish, I want to see lasting and meaningful peace achieved in Sri Lanka as early as possible. But I am aware that peace cannot just be wished; it involves hard work, courage and persistence.
As we welcome 2001, let us harness our collective energies to create a culture of peace and a land of prosperity.

„There is the possibility that humankind can outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in Childhood's End. But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

"God, Science, and Delusion: A Chat With Arthur C. Clarke" Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 19, Number 2 (Spring 1999) http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=clarke_19_2
2000s and attributed from posthumous publications
Contexto: There is the possibility that humankind can outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in Childhood's End. But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different religions — each of them claiming to have the truth, each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others — how can someone possibly take any of them seriously? I mean, that's insane.... Though I sometimes call myself a crypto-Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion. Of those around at the moment, Islam is the only one that has any appeal to me. But, of course, Islam has been tainted by other influences. The Muslims are behaving like Christians, I'm afraid.

„Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

The Promise of Space http://books.google.com/books?id=FWwhAAAAMAAJ&dq=The+Promise+of+Space&ei=ab0yR__TKZzuoAL_mf3RDw&ie=ISO-8859-1&pgis=1 (1968); This and similar statements attributed to Mahatma Gandhi and J. B. S. Haldane may ultimately be derived from a statement attibuted to Arthur Schopenhauer:
Contexto: Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea — in science, politics, art, or whatever — seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases:(1) "It's completely impossible — don't waste my time";
(2) "It's possible, but it's not worth doing";
(3) "I said it was a good idea all along."

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