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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 quoteEdit

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."