It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these –

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned from 2001: A Space Odyssey By Arthur C Clarke

Great philosophers are prepared to overly striking exceptions to their theories. *** No matter how many times you leave Earth, the excitement never really palls. *** On this hostile world, men can still joke about the things they have been forced to leave behind – and which their children would never miss. *** You can’t have very small intelligent creatures; you need a minimum brain size. *** Speculation is a waste of time, you must wait until there is more evidence. *** Pandora’s box is waiting to be opened by inquisitive Man. And what will he find inside. ***Spacesuits are a necessary evil. ***Nature always balances her books. ***The time has not yet come when Man can leave his mark upon the Solar System. ***Despite all the electronic read-outs, there were times when good, old fashioned printed material is the most convenient form of record. *** Nothing can be taken for granted in space. ***Take things easy – never move quickly – stop and thing – these are the rules for extra-vehicular activity. If one obeys them, there is never any trouble. ***We can design a system that’s proof against accident and stupidity; but we can’t design one that’s proof against deliberate malice. ***Work is the best remedy for any shock. *** There are more ways than one around the back of space.

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