March 18: Science Fiction Writers

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March 18
Science Fiction Writers

The greatest problem of the future is civilizing the human race.
~Arthur C. Clarke, “Aladdin’s Lamp“ (1962)

Do you see, then, that the important prediction is not the automobile, but the parking problem; not radio, but the soap-opera; not the income tax but the expense account; not the Bomb but the nuclear stalemate? Not the action, in short, but the reaction?
~Isaac Asimov, “Future? Tense!“ (1965)


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March 17: Holy Bible

March 17
Holy Bible


Then the eleven followers went to

The Galilean mountain Jesus had


Instructed them to go to. When they saw

Him there, they worshiped him; but some had doubts.

Then Jesus came to them and said this: “All


Authority in heaven and on earth

Is granted me. So go and make disciples

Of all the nations, baptizing them in


The name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

And teaching them to follow all that I’ve

Commanded you. And surely I’m your friend


Always, even until the age’s end.”

~Matthew 28:16-20


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It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
~Isaiah 49:6

March 16: War and Peace

March 16
War and Peace



The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking . . . the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

~Albert Einstein



The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

~David Friedman

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March 15: Futurists

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Nanotechnology is manufacturing with atoms.
~William Powell

The economic depression that struck Europe in the fourteenth century was followed ultimately by economic and technological recovery. But the depression we have moved into will have no end. We can anticipate centuries of decline and exhaustion.
~Jean Gimpel, The Medieval Machine, 1975


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March 14: Writers

March 14



This country is at present engaged in furnishing material for future authors; not in encouraging its living ones.

~Herman Melville (1819−1891), U.S. author. Letter, July 20, 1851, to a publisher, Richard Bentley. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993). (The subject was international copyright.) Melville wrote Moby-Dick, The Confidence-Man, and Billy Budd.


Gradually the village murmur subsided, and we seemed to be embarked on the placid current of our dreams, floating from past to future as silently as one awakes to fresh morning or evening thoughts.

~Henry David Thoreau (1817−1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist, “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers“ (1849) in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 17, Houghton Mifflin (1906)

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March 13: Scientists

March 13



Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.

~Neil Armstrong



Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.

~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954



In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

~Carl Sagan, 1987. Carl Edward Sagan (1934 – 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences.

He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).


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March 12: Space Travel

March 12
Space Travel



Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.

~Neil Armstrong


The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.

~Konstantin Tsiolkovsky



In my mind, public space travel will precede efforts toward exploration − be it returning to the moon, going to Mars, visiting asteroids, or whatever seems appropriate. We’ve got millions and millions of people who want to go into space, who are willing to pay. When you figure in the payload potential of customers, everything changes.

~Buzz Aldrin, Esquire, Jan. 2003



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March 11: Predictions

March 11



When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert.

~Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s Laws of Prediction

In the 1962 and 1973 versions of his book Profiles of the Future, Clarke proposed the first three laws, and in the 1999 revision he added the fourth.




I can state flatly that heavier than air flying machines are impossible.

~Lord Kelvin, 1895



War is a relic of barbarism probably destined to become as obsolete as duelling.

~Lord Kelvin



Wireless [telegraphy] is all very well but I’d rather send a message by a boy on a pony!

~Lord Kelvin

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March 10: Humor

March 10


The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.

~Al Goodman



The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there’s no law against whacking them around a bit.

~Eric Porterfield



Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

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March 9: Physicists

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The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

~Albert Einstein


The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

~Albert Einstein

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