“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know,…
and the minutes of your life are painfully few.
is to learn who we are.
Despite the vision and farseeing wisdom of our wartime heads of state, the physicists have felt the peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting, and in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realisation of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons as they were in fact used dramatised so mercilessly the…
he is a rationalizing animal
Then you accept it, or you kill yourself.
Or you stop looking into mirrors.
Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For…
either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
— Arthur C. Clarke
Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain