John Glenn quotes

  • The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.
    -- John Glenn

    #Travel #Math #Technology

  • To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.
    -- John Glenn

    #Fate #Men #Hands

  • I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody's ever been.
    -- John Glenn

    #Powerful #Curiosity #Quality

  • We used to joke about canned men, putting people in a can and seeing how far you can send them and bring them back. That's not the purpose of this program... Space is a laboratory, and we go into it to work and learn the new.
    -- John Glenn

    #Men #Space #People

  • As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
    -- John Glenn

    #Space #Mind #Rockets

  • I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
    -- John Glenn

    #Beautiful #Sunset #Space

  • There is still no cure for the common birthday.
    -- John Glenn

    #Birthday #Friends #Death

  • Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.
    -- John Glenn

    #Thinking #People #Age

  • I am a stranger. I come in peace. Take me to your leader and there will be a massive reward for you in eternity.
    -- John Glenn

    #Moon #Leader #Rewards

  • If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest.
    -- John Glenn

    #Self #Years #People

  • We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.
    -- John Glenn

    #Infinite

  • You know, old folks can have dreams, too, as well as young folks, and then work toward them. And to have a dream like this come true for me is just a terrific experience.
    -- John Glenn

    #Dream #Young #Folks

  • The moment of twilight is simply beautiful.
    -- John Glenn

    #Beautiful #Twilight #Moments

  • This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. We've talked about it before and speculated about it, and it finally has occurred. We hoped we could push this day back forever.
    -- John Glenn

    #Space #Forever #Century

  • We (the DOE) are poisoning our people in the name of national security.
    -- John Glenn

    #Names #People #Doe

  • When others kid me about being bald, I simply tell them that the way I figure it, the good Lord only gave men so many hormones, and if others want to waste theirs on growing hair, that's up to them.
    -- John Glenn

    #Sex #Kids #Men

  • That was a real fireball.
    -- John Glenn

    #Real #Moon #Star Gazing

  • Zero G and I feel fine.
    -- John Glenn

    #Zero #Moon #Fine

  • Americans just want us to... not be concerned if they can be constitutionally justified... Why, if we had to do that we could not pass most of the laws we enact around here.
    -- John Glenn

    #Law #America #Want

  • A lot of people ask...why a man is willing to risk... Well, we've got to do it. We're going into an age of exploration that will be bigger than anything the world has ever seen... If a man faces up to the (unknown) and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny.
    -- John Glenn

    #Destiny #Men #People

  • I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.
    -- John Glenn

    #Flying #Taste #Aviation

  • By its very definition, civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one's community. That means that classroom lessons should be complemented by work outside the classroom. Service-learning does just that, tying community service to academic learning.
    -- John Glenn

    #Mean #Responsibility #Work Out

  • To get your name well enough known that you can run for a public office, some people do it by being great lawyers or philanthropists or business people or work their way up the political ladder. I happened to become known from a different route.
    -- John Glenn

    #Running #Names #Space

  • There are times when you devote yourself to a higher cause than personal safety.
    -- John Glenn

    #Safety #Causes #Higher

  • I think a mentor gets a lot of satisfaction in a couple of ways. They're doing something constructive, so they feel good about that. And when they see the results of this, with the young people they're working with, it's very, very rewarding.
    -- John Glenn

    #Couple #Thinking #People

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