Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
I myself believe that there will one day be time travel because when we find that something isn’t forbidden by the over-arching laws of physics we usually eventually find a technological way of doing it.
We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.
Every process pushed far enough tends to reverse or flip suddenly. Chiasmus – the reversal to process caused by increasing its speed, scope or size.
~Marshall McLuhan, Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), p. 6
Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity. You can actually dissipate a situation by giving it maximal coverage. As to alarming people, that’s done by rumors, not by coverage.
~Marshall McLuhan, Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), p. 92
The big thing that the robots bring to the table is that they allow us to gather information without danger to the lives of the rescuers.
I am really excited! As the robots begin to take on their definite designs and we start building, I think lots of people are getting really pumped.
The engineering design competition has grown tremendously in the last few years with the increased interest in robotics. The engineering aspect is a discipline that has reached down to the junior high level within the last few years. We’ve added a junior high level because the kids are sophisticated enough to build their own robots.
I have the right to object. We are more than pill counters or robots. We have religious and professional beliefs.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
RAY BRADBURY, The Meadow
Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. . . . Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.
~Ray Bradbury, Brown Daily Herald, March 24, 1995
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
~Ray Bradbury, Brown Daily Herald, March 24, 1994
We were put here as witnesses to the miracle of life. We see the stars, and we want them. We are beholden to give back to the universe. . . . If we make landfall on another star system, we become immortal.
~Ray Bradbury, Speech to National School Board Association (1995)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In Catch-22, the figure of the black market and the ground of war merge into a monster presided over by the syndicate. When war and market merge, all money transactions begin to drip blood.
~Marshall McLuhan, Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), p. 211
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
There’s one political party in this country, and that’s the corporate party.
~John Hall, physicist
Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.
~Jules Verne (1828 – 1905), Journey to the Center of the Earth. Verne was a French writer best known as a pioneering author in science fiction.
You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes; it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years.
~Bertrand Russell (1872—1970), British philosopher, on the subject of nuclear war
Hitherto man had to live with the idea of death as an individual; from now onward mankind will have to live with the idea of its death as a species.
~Arthur Koestler (1905−1983), Hungarian-born British writer, referring to the development of the atomic bomb
One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of the mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
~Arthur C. Clarke (1984), quoted in Jerome Agel (ed.), The Making of Kubrick’s 2001 (4th Ed. 1970), p. 300. In James E. Combs, Polpop: Politics and Popular Culture in America (1984), p. 147
I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID’s, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.
~Robert A. Heinlein
I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.
~Kevin J. Anderson
The president felt that it was important to send an ordinary citizen to experience the excitement of space travel as a representative for all Americans.
I think space will be conquered through the mind rather than the clumsy medium of space travel.
(Speaking of late nineteenth-century self-regard within the British empire:)
Well, here we are on top of the world, and we have arrived at this peak to stay there forever. There is, of course, a thing called history, but history is something unpleasant that happens to other people. We are comfortably outside all of that I am sure.
~Arnold J. Toynbee
That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.
~Anonymous, Scientific American, January 2, 1909