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11 Awe-inspiring Quotes from Neil Armstrong

Astronaut, engineer, pilot, and educator, Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong was the spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, where he and Buzz Aldrin spent a total of two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. He famously said, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," as he made his first step on the moon. Despite his fame, Armstrong shied away from the spotlight while remaining committed to the U.S. space program. In his honor on his birth date August 5, 1930, we compiled 11 things that he said:

 

On being the first man on moon:

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"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." (Image source)

 

On being ready (to assume an important role):

"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."

 

On being in space:

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"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."

 

On the moon:

"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."

 

On being an astronaut:

"I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium."

 

On mystery:

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"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."

 

On human nature:

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"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."

 

On knowledge:

"Knowledge is fundamental to all human achievements and progress. It is both the key and the quest that advances mankind. The search for knowledge is what brought men to the moon; but it took knowledge already acquired to make it possible to get there. How we use the knowledge we gain determines our progress on earth, in space or on the moon. Through books you will meet poets and novelists whose creations will fire your imagination. You will meet the great thinkers who will share with you their philosophies, their concepts of the world, of humanity and of creation. You will learn about events that have shaped our history, of deeds both noble and ignoble. All of this knowledge is yours for the taking... Your library is a storehouse for mind and spirit. Use it well."

 

On taking chances:

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"There can be no great accomplishment without risk."

 

On importance of humility:

"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."

 

On exercising:

"I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."

 

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