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Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
 

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

Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create Him.
 

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.
 

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

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.
[Reading]
 

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.
 

SETI is probably the most important quest of our time, and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently.
 

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

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. On June 30, 1908, Moscow escaped destruction by three hours and four thousand kilometers--a margin invisibly small by the standards of the universe.
 

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
[Business]
 

The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space ... I'm very fond of quoting my friend Larry Niven: "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!"
 

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers - and thermonuclear weapons.
 

The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight.
 

The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life - much less intelligence - beyond this Earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.
 

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

The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information - in the sense of raw data - is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.
 

The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing.
 

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

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


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