Mark Clifton Quotes

Logical rationality is neither subversive nor nonsubversive. It is simply a statement of fact.

Mark Clifton

Instant acceptance of an idea is as self-defeating as instant rejection.

Mark Clifton

The universe does not care whether man unlocks its secrets or leaves them closed. Water does not care whether man bathes in it or drowns in it; whether it waters his fields or washes them away. If man masters its laws and utilizes his knowledge, water becomes a force in his favor. But enemy or servant, water does not care.

Mark Clifton

It (objection to a machine that could think) was the hook used by the rabble rousers, whose monopoly of moral interpretation might be challenged.

Mark Clifton

People will tie in with a fanatic if for no other reason than to break the monotony of their lives.

Mark Clifton

A human being is seldom bothered with insufficient data; often the less he has the more willing he is to give a firm opinion; and man prefers some answer, even a wrong one, to the requirement that he dig deeper and find out the facts.

Mark Clifton

There had been many times when man had been forced to adopt the only right opinion. Each time mans forward thrust had slackened, vegetated, and died. Once, through the dark ages, the period had lasted almost a thousand years.

Mark Clifton

Water does not care whether you bathe in it or drown in it. The mountains do not care whether you climb them or go around them. The stars do not care whether man reaches them or not. The universe does not care whether man masters all the relationships of its forces and processes, or dies because he refuses to master them. Life continues as it uses those relationships to further its growth. It ceases when it becomes overcome by still other forces which it cannot master.

Mark Clifton

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