November 30, 2016

Neil Armstrong Quotes

“As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.”

“Contact light. Okay, engine stop. ACA out of detent. Modes control both auto, descent engine command override, off. Engine arm off. 413 is in.”

“Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.”

“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”

“I am comfortable with my level of public discourse.”

“I believe every human has a finite numI believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.”

“I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.”

“I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did.”

“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.”

“I hope you become comfortable with the use of logic without being deceived into concluding that logic will inevitably lead you to the correct conclusion.”

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”

“I was elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we were successful.”

“If that’s there, I believe that technology will probably step up to their part of it.”

“In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.”

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

“It’s a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It’s an interesting place to be. I recommend it.”

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

“Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle.”

“Research is creating new knowledge.”

“Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.”

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”

“The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel.”

“There can be no great accomplishment without risk.”

“We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job, and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected.”

“We have no proof, but if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that… other life probably exists out there and perhaps in many places…”

“Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you.”

“Yeah, I wasn’t chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn’t planned by anyone.”