Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was an English science-fiction writer, science writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
When there is no desire to satisfy yourself, there is no aggression or speed . . . Because there is no rush to achieve, you can afford to relax. Because you can afford to relax, you can afford to keep company with yourself, you can afford to make love with yourself, to be friends with yourself.
—Carlos Castaneda in The Teachings of Don Juan
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.