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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Neil Armstrong on history, space, man, belief, moon, dream, Eagle, landed, flying, mankind, future, research and achievement.

35 Inspiring Quotes By Neil Armstrong That Motivate You To Go Higher

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American astronaut

Born On
05 August 1930 AD

Died On
25 August 2012 AD

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Wapakoneta

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82

Neil Alden Armstrong was a renowned American astronaut, aerospace engineer, test pilot, naval aviator and professor, besides being the first person to walk on the Moon. He worked with the ‘U.S Navy’ and the ‘National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’, before joining the ‘NASA Astronaut Corps’ in 1962. He is remembered for his work with NASA and as the commander of the Apollo 11 flight to moon. Armstrong spent around 150 minutes outside his aircraft during that voyage and needless to say, that remains his greatest legacy in spite of the fact that he had achieved a lot in his life besides that. Following the Apollo flight, Armstrong became a professor and also voiced the character of Dr Jack Morrow and hosted an aviation history documentary titled, ‘First Flights With Neil Armstrong’. Here is a compilation of comments and thoughts that he expressed from landing on the Moon, space travel, life and dreams. Following are the famous quotes and thoughts by Neil Armstrong, the distinguished astronaut and American hero.

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

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

People love conspiracy theories.

- Neil Armstrong

Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.

- Neil Armstrong

I can honestly say - and it's a big surprise to me - that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.

- Neil Armstrong

Research is creating new knowledge.

- Neil Armstrong

Each book holds an experience and an adventure." [Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]

- Neil Armstrong

Good luck, Mr. Gorsky

- Neil Armstrong

Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead.

- Neil Armstrong

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind

- Neil Armstrong

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.

- Neil Armstrong

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

- Neil Armstrong

NASA has been one of the most successful public investments in motivating students to do well and achieve all they can achieve. It's sad that we are turning the programme in a direction where it will reduce the amount of motivation and stimulation it provides to young people.

- Neil Armstrong

I'm substantially concerned about the policy directions of the space agency. We have a situation in the U.S. where the White House and Congress are at odds over what the future direction should be. They're sort of playing a game and NASA is the shuttlecock that they're hitting back and forth.

- Neil Armstrong

All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.

- Neil Armstrong