quotations about UFOs
I am discounting reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos?
STEPHEN HAWKING, TED talk, "Asking big questions about the universe"
If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.... We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet.
STEPHEN HAWKING, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE, attributed, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the Twenty-First Century
MULDER: Well, as I said, there is no scientific explanation, but there are those of us that believe that these multicolored lights are really...
SCULLY: UFOs. Extra-terrestrial visitors from beyond who apparently have nothing better to do than buzz one mountain for 700 years.
MULDER: It sounds like crap when you say it.
FOX MULDER & DANA SCULLY, "Field Trip", The X-Files
No unidentified objects in the popular sense have been seen from the International Space Station. Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.
NASA, official statement, "NASA Says Claims Of UFOs Near Space Station Are A Bunch Of Space Garbage", Huffington Post, March 24, 2017
There are two types of UFOs -- the ones we build and the ones "they" build.
BEN RICH, "New Harvard Theory: Extraterrestrials Could Have Star Powered Spaceships", Collective Evolution, April 27, 2017
The energy requirements for interstellar travel are so great that it is inconceivable to me that any creatures piloting their ships across the vast depths of space would do so only in order to play games with us over a period of decades. If they want to make contact, they would make contact; if not, they would save their energy and go elsewhere.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Is Anyone There?
It was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors, and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.
JIMMY CARTER, remark during 1976 Presidential campaign
The Mars rover Curiosity has sent back images of some odd things on the surface of Mars, and some people think they could be UFOs. Here's my question. If we're on the surface of Mars, aren't we the UFO?
JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, August 22, 2012
Whether we ever get to know about them or not, there are very probably alien civilizations that are superhuman, to the point of being god-like in ways that exceed anything a theologian could possibly imagine. Their technical achievements would seem as supernatural to us as ours would seem to a Dark Age peasant transported to the twenty-first century. Imagine his response to a laptop computer, a mobile telephone, a hydrogen bomb or a jumbo jet.
RICHARD DAWKINS, The God Delusion
I have to argue about flying saucers on the beach with people, you know. And I was interested in this: they keep arguing that it is possible. And that's true. It is possible. They do not appreciate that the problem is not to demonstrate whether it's possible or not but whether it's going on or not.
RICHARD FEYNMAN, The Meaning of It All
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Don't you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don't you believe in telepathy? -- in ancient astronauts? -- in the Bermuda triangle? -- in life after death? "No," I reply. "No, no, no, no, and again no." One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out "Don't you believe in anything?" "Yes", I said. "I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be."
ISAAC ASIMOV, The Roving Mind
Were genuine aliens to find us ... the chances were fairly good they would appear in a form beyond reckoning, shaped by the requirements of their environment. It was only for the convenience of the costume department of Star Trek that people believed in humanoid aliens.
THOMM QUACKENBUSH, Artificial Gods
What's really fascinating is how the trends of what people see have changed over time. A century ago, the vast majority of UFOs were spheres or cigar shaped. But then saucers showed up in the 20s, and that's all anyone saw. Cigars have dropped down to almost nothing, while lights in the sky have grown in prominence to become almost 50% of the UFOs that people see these days. Clearly spaceship design took a turn away from cigars, to saucers to glowing lights. Oh, fickle alien spacecraft designers, following the latest fashions.
FRASER CAIN, "Do I Believe in UFOs?", Universe Today, April 18, 2017
Yes, there were a handful of incidents. Knowing of my interest in UFOs, a breathless naval aviator called me one day to report that he was present minutes earlier when a Navy jet landed after being circled by a UFO in broad daylight. The Navy did not pursue the issue as far as I could tell. I also recall the Maui Optical Tracking Facility, which tracks satellites, recording a flight of four or five fiery UFOs traversing the night sky. Nobody knew what to make of it. But no government official expressed the slightest interest even after the tape was featured on ABC's Nightline. I found the utter lack of scientific curiosity due to political correctness highly frustrating.
CHRIS MELLON, "Is There a UFO Cover-up? A Government Insider Speaks Out", Huffington Post, May 9, 2017
There is no doubt that there is life out there; the mathematics of it lead you to that absolute conclusion. In my mind, there is no doubt that the universe teems with life in all its form.
WILLIAM SHATNER, "Mystical LOST city that will rewrite history found under Earth by US archaeologist", Daily Star, April 19, 2017
The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon.
JOHN A. KEEL, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse
One theory which can no longer be taken very seriously is that UFOs are interstellar spaceships.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE, New York Times, July 27, 1975
It is altogether reasonable to conclude that the heavenly bodies, alias worlds, which move or are situate within the circle of our knowledge, as well all others throughout immensity, are each and every one of them possessed or inhabited by some intelligent agents or other, however different their sensations or manners of receiving or communicating their ideas may be from ours, or however different from each other. For why would it not have been as wise or as consistent with the perfections which we adore in God, to have neglected giving being to intelligence in this world as in those other worlds, interspersed with another of various qualities in his immense creation? And inasmuch as this world is thus replenished, we may, with the highest rational certainty infer, that as God has given us to rejoice, and adore him for our being, he has acted consistent with his goodness, in the display of his providence throughout the university of worlds.
ETHAN ALLEN, Reason: The Only Oracle of Man