SPACE QUOTES


1. We are at a point in history where a proper attention to space, and especially near space, may be absolutely crucial in bringing the world together. - Margaret Mead

2. Nothing endures but change. - Heraclitus, about 500 B.C.

3. If I could get one message to you it would be this: the future of this country and the welfare of the free world depends upon our success in space. There is no room in this country for any but a fully cooperative, urgently motivated all-out effort toward space leadership. No one person, no one company, no one government agency, has a monopoly on the competence, the missions, or the requirements for the space program. - Lyndon Baines Johnson

4. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. - Lord Kelvin, 1892

5. The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which men shall fly along distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration to be. - Simon Newcomb, 1900

6. Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. - Simon Newcomb, 1902
(eighteen months before Kitty Hawk.)

7. The aeroplane will never fly. - Lord Haldane, Minister of War, Britain, 1907 (statement made four years after Kitty Hawk.)

8. It is the policy of the United States that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind. - Space Act of 1958

9. The 1990s will differ from the 1970s as profoundly as the nineteenth century from the eighteenth. - Clive Sinclair

10. For I dipped into the Future, far as human eye could see; saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1842

11. And then, the Earth being small, mankind will migrate into space, and will cross the airless Saharas which separate planet from planet and sun from sun. The Earth will become a Holy Land which will be visited by pilgrims from all the quarters of the Universe. Finally, men will master the forces of Nature; they will become themselves architects of systems, manufacturers of worlds. - Winwood Reade, THE MARTYRDOM OF MAN, 1872

12. The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. - Dennis Gabor, 1963

13. I know that some knowledgeable people fear that although we might be willing to spend a couple of billion dollars in 1958, because we still remember the humiliation of Sputnik last October, next year we will be so preoccupied by color television, or new-style cars, or the beginning of another national election, that we will be unwilling to pay another year's installment on our space conquest bill. For that to happen well, I'd just as soon we didn't start. - Hugh L. Dryden

14. Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18.

15. A vision must be much more than a project, even a big project. - Robert S. Walker, FINAL FRONTIER, April 1989.

16. You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck...I have no time for such nonsense. - Napoleon (commenting on Fulton's Steamship.)

17. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. - Robert Goddard

18. The only weapon we have to oppose the bad effects of technology is technology itself. There is no other. We can't retreat into a nontechnological Eden which never existed...It is only by the rational use of technology to control and guide what technology is doing that we can keep any hopes of a social life more desireable than our own: or in fact of a social life which is not appalling to imagine. - C. P. Snow

19. What good is the Moon? You can't buy it or sell it. - Ivan F. Boesky, Wall Street broker convicted of insider trading (shortly after his release from prison.)

20. ...the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space. - John F. Kennedy, 1962

21. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade... not because they are easy but because they are hard; - John F. Kennedy, 1962

22. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? - John F. Kennedy, 1962

23. Mankind will not remain on Earth forever, but in its quest for light and space will at first timidly penetrate beyond the confines of the atmosphere, and later will conquer for itself all the space near the Sun. - Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, father of cosmonautics.

24. I had the ambition to not only go farther than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go. - Captain Cook (on his voyage to the Pacific in Endeavor.)

25. The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

26. When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back. - Plutarch

27. Taking a new step...is what people fear most. - Dostoyevski

28. Man's mind and spirit grow with the space in which they are allowed to operate. - Krafft A. Ehricke, rocket pioneer

29. Freedom lies in being bold. - Robert Frost

30. I do not know what I seem to the world, but to myself I appear to have been like a boy playing upon the seashore and diverting myself by now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay before me all undiscovered. - Sir Isaac Newton's, English philosopher and physicist, 1727 (his last words.)

31. The Earth is a cradle of the mind, but we cannot live forever in a cradle. - Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, Father of Russian Astronautics, 1896

32. To set foot on the soil of the asteroids, to lift by hand a rock from the Moon, to observe Mars from a distance of several tens of kilometers, to land on its satellite or even on its surface, what can be more fantastic? From the moment of using rocket devices a new great era will begin in astronomy: the epoch of the more intensive study of the firmament. - Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, Father of Russian Astronautics, 1896

33. It may be said that the development of science in the field of space flight and related research will be of great significance for the progress of human culture. - Professor Leonid Sedor, U.S.S.R.

34. There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings... - Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

35. If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life. - Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom (On January 27, 1967, astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee died from a flash fire aboard Apollo 204 Spacecraft.)

36. First I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon... - John F. Kennedy, May 24, 1961

37. Some day people will travel to Mars. It will be a long trip, but fun. This will be a big step for mankind. We would be able to find out if there was life on this planet. It probably will look like a red desert. - J. Stephen Hartsfield, Seventh Grader, 1984

38. Science-fiction yesterday, fact today- obsolete tomorrow. - Otto O. Binder, Editor in Chief, SPACE WORLD MAGAZINE

39. The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends. - Professor Wernher von Braun

40. Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It's not a thing to be waited for - it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan

41. Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention and the first wave of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be part of it - we mean to lead it. - John F. Kennedy (at the onset of the lunar landing program.)

42. Now is the time...for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. - John F. Kennedy

43. ...because of what you have done the heavens have become part of man's world... For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all of the people on this Earth are truly one. - President Richard M. Nixon (on first lunar landing.)

44. Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND. - Apollo 11 plaque left on Moon.

45. ...the swifter the pace of change, the more lovingly men had to care for and criticize their institutions to keep them intact through the turbulent passages. - John Gardner

46. Where there is no vision, the people perish... - Proverbs 29:18

47. Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. - Proberbs 11:14

48. In the long run men hit only what they aim at. - Thoreau

49. New ideas are not only the enemies of old ones; they also appear often in an extremely unacceptable form. - C.G. Jung

50. I must create a system, or be enslav'd by another man's. - William Blake

51. The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people. - Woodrow Wilson

52. Perfection never exists in reality but only in our dreams and, if we are foolish enough to think so, in the past. - Dr. Rudolph Dreikurs

53. The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. - Abraham Lincoln

54. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. - Will Durant, American historian

55. We shall never forget them nor the last time we saw them, as they prepared for their mission and waved good-bye and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God. - Ronald Reagan (addressing NASA employees following the tragic loss of the Challenger 7 crew on STS-51L.)

56.

HIGH FLIGHT

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
- John Gillespie Magee, Jr., (killed in the Battle of Britain, age 19)

57. The committee judged the promises and offers of this mission to be impossible, vain, and worthy of rejection: that (it) was not proper to favor an affair that rested on such weak foundations and which appeared uncertain and impossible... - Talavera Commission, 1491, turning down Christopher Columbus' proposal for finding a new trade route to the Indies. Queen Isabella of Spain later funded the project.

58. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers, American Humorist, 1879-1935

59. If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else. - Yogi Berra, former New York Yankee catcher

60. The man with a new idea is a crankčuntil the idea succeeds. - Mark Twain

61. I know how to never have another Challenger. I know how to never have another leak, and never to screw up another mirror, and that is to stop and build some shopping centers in the desert. - J. R. Thompson, NASA deputy administrator (in a speech sponsored by George Washington University's Center for International Science and Technology.)

62. I have no doubt that Christians can support the exploration and use of space. The so-called "science commission" in Genesis 1:28 certainly seems to apply to any part of the material creation which God places within man's reach. - Rev. Paul A. Bartz, Communications Director, Bible-Science Newsletter, October 1990

63. Our goal: To place Americans on Marsčand to do it within the working lifetimes of scientists and engineers who will be recruited for the effort today. And just as Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to open the continent, our commitment to the Moon/Mars initiative will open the Universe. It's the opportunity of a lifetimečand offers a lifetime of opportunity. - George Bush, February 2, 1990 (remarks at the University of Tennessee.)

64. It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative. - Michael Collins, Gemini and Apollo astronaut.

65. Just as the pioneer travelers of the Conestoga wagon days kept personal journals, I, as a pioneer space traveler, would do the same. - Christa McAuliffe

66. I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interest in history and space is a unique opportunity... - Christa McAuliffe

67. But the astronauts who lost their lives on CHALLENGER, as well as the other eight astronauts who were killed in the line of duty and the four Soviet cosmonauts who died in space serve as inspiration for us all. None of them would have wanted to give her or his life in vain. None would have wanted us to stop striving for the stars. If anything, we must continue to preserve their dreams. - Doug Fulmer, AD ADSTRA, July/August, 1991

68. ...space is for everybody. It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space. - Christa McAuliffe, December 6, 1985

69. It was hard telling those kids...that I wasn't going to be there this year. And I knew I was going to miss them. I won't have an opportunity to see them again, unless they stop by the house. Now during the summer, I got lots of notes; kids would stop by the house. I'd be pulling weeds or something and they would come up and give me a hug and say, 'Oh, I can't believe it, this is so wonderful!' and just get very excited about it. It was hard not being in school. I would have loved to have gone back to school. - Christa McAuliffe

70. If you build it, we will come. - From the movie "Field of Dreams"

71. There is nothing so far removed from us to be beyond our reach, or so far hidden that we cannot discover it. - Rene Descartes

72. And now 'tis man who dares assault the sky...And as we come to claim our promised place, aim only to repay the good you gave, And warm with human love the chill of space." - Prof. Thomas G. Bergin, Yale University (From a poem titled "Space Prober." This was the first poem to be launched into orbit about the Earth. It was inscribed on the instrument panel of a satellite called Traac launched from Cape Kennedy on November 15, 1961. The Traac satellite is expected to orbit the Earth 800 years at an altitude of about 600 miles.)

73. Sir, Your letter of the 15th is received, but Age has long since oblidged me to withold my mind from Speculations of the difficulty of those of your letter, that their are means of artificial buoyancy by which man may be supported in the Air, the Ballon has proved, and that means of directing it may be discovered is against no law of Nature and is therefore posible as in the case of Birds, but to do this by machanical means alone in a medium so rare and unassisting as air must have the aid of some principal not yet generaly known. However, I can really give no opinion understandingly on the subject and with more good will than confidence wish to you success. - Thomas Jefferson, April 27, 1822

74. Why our space program? Why, indeed, did we trouble to look past the next mountain? Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known. We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are. - Gene Roddenberry, Executive Producer of "Star Trek"

75. A reflection of my feelings about the space program is found in a quotation from Charles A. Lindbergh's "Autobiography of Values." It reads, "Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes." - Robert Wise, Director of "Star Trek"

76. A sense of the unknown has always lured mankind and the greatest of the unknowns of today is outer space. The terrors, the joys and the sense of accomplishment are epitomized in the space program. - William Shatner, Capt. Kirk of "Star Trek."

77. What fiction could match - in drama or suspense - man's first walk on the Moon? - Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of "Star Trek."

78. Like all good bureaucrats, I get my crystal ball from the lowest bidder, so I am a little hesitant to be very certain about that number. - Harold Stall, Director of Public Affairs, NASA Johnson Space Center

79. Then felt I like some watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken. - John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.≤

80. The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. - H.G. Wells, "The Discovery of the Future," 1901


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