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2001: A Space Odyssey Quotes - from Novel by Arthur C. Clarke

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
2001: A Space Odyssey

He was moving through a new order of creation, of which few men had ever dreamed. Beyond the realms of sea and land and air and space lay the realms of fire, which he alone had been privileged to glimpse. It was too much to expect that he would also understand.
2001: A Space Odyssey

But he knew well enough that any man in the right circumstances could be dehumanized by panic.
2001: A Space Odyssey

But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger.
2001: A Space Odyssey

Then he [The Star Child] waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.
2001: A Space Odyssey

The newspapers of Utopia, he had long ago decided, would be terribly dull.
2001: A Space Odyssey

Now times had changed, and the inherited wisdom of the past had become folly.
2001: A Space Odyssey

Moon-Watcher felt the first faint twinges of a new and potent emotion. It was a vague and diffuse sense of envy – of dissatisfaction with his life. He had no idea of its cause, still less of its cure; but discontent had come into his soul, and he had taken one small step toward humanity.
2001: A Space Odyssey

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.
2001: A Space Odyssey

The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children.
2001: A Space Odyssey

As his body became more and more defenseless, so his means of offense became steadily more frightful.
2001: A Space Odyssey

The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.
2001: A Space Odyssey

Now, before you make a movie, you have to have a script, and before you have a script, you have to have a story; though some avant-garde directors have tried to dispense with the latter item, you’ll find their work only at art theaters.
2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey - 1968 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after release of the film. British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was born on December 16, 1917. He died on March 19, 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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