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24 John Glenn Astronaut Quotes (SPACE TRAVEL)

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Top 10 Most Famous John Glenn Quotes to Inspire You

“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
We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.
We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.
Love is a combination of friendship, passion, and respect.
Love is a combination of friendship, passion, and respect.
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
An end of something means the beginning of something else, and I don't think that something else is going to be the death of the manned space program.
An end of something means the beginning of something else, and I don’t think that something else is going to be the death of the manned space program.
To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.
To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.
I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living.
I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living.
If a man faces up to the [unknown] and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny.
If a man faces up to the [unknown] and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny.
You fear the least what you know the most about.
You fear the least what you know the most about.

14 Inspirational John Glenn Quotes to Inspire You to Take the Leap of Faith

“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
If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I've accomplished something.
If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve accomplished something.
When you're a combat pilot, you believe you're the best in the air. If you do, you're not cocky, you're combat-ready. If you don't, you'd better find another line of work.
When you’re a combat pilot, you believe you’re the best in the air. If you do, you’re not cocky, you’re combat-ready. If you don’t, you’d better find another line of work.
Fear connotes something that interferes with what you're doing.
Fear connotes something that interferes with what you’re doing.
Don't take America and the values reflected in our form of government for granted. And never forget that in our democracy, the government is not 'them' - it is 'us.'
Don’t take America and the values reflected in our form of government for granted. And never forget that in our democracy, the government is not ‘them’ – it is ‘us.’
Don't give in to complacency and cynicism. Don't ignore what is bad, but concentrate on building what is good.
Don’t give in to complacency and cynicism. Don’t ignore what is bad, but concentrate on building what is good.

“Every time I climbed that tree, I forced myself to climb to the last possible safe limb and look down, every time I did it, I told myself I’d never do it again. But I kept going back because it scared me and I had to know I could overcome that.

John Glenn
To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.
To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.
We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.
We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.
I wish that every flight received this same kind of attention. Each flight deserves it.
I wish that every flight received this same kind of attention. Each flight deserves it.
If this cynicism and apathy are allowed to continue to fester, it will not only be dangerous, but in our democracy it will be suicidal...
If this cynicism and apathy are allowed to continue to fester, it will not only be dangerous, but in our democracy it will be suicidal…
Each had contributed in small or large measure to the painstaking march of our democracy, I could not have asked for anything more rewarding.
Each had contributed in small or large measure to the painstaking march of our democracy, I could not have asked for anything more rewarding.
Zero G and I feel fine.
Zero G and I feel fine.

“There are times when you devote yourself to a higher cause than personal safety, the seven brave heroes [in SS Challenger] were carrying our dreams and hopes with them.”

John Glenn

John Glenn Short Biography

Born on 18 July 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, U.S., John Herschel Glenn Jr. was a former senator and the first American Astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962 – completing three orbits – aboard Friendship 7.

Along with six other pioneers, Scott CarpenterGordon CooperGus GrissomWally SchirraAlan Shepard, and Deke Slayton, John Glenn was one of the original members of Mercury Seven chosen by NASA in 1959 to establish the foundation of American’s space exploration.

Before becoming an Astronaut, John Glenn was an eminent marine pilot who fought in WWII, China, and Korea. He was awarded six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen Air Medals for his service to the U.S. Marine Corps.

John Glenn was also the first to make the supersonic transcontinental flight across the United States in 1957.

After his distinguished contribution to the Marine Corps and NASA, John Glenn became a Democratic U.S. senator in his home state, Ohio, in 1974. A year before his retirement in 1998, Glenn flew into space again at age 77 aboard the space shutter Discovery. He made his final record, the oldest person in space.

Glenn was featured in popular movies such as The Right Stuff (1983) and Hidden Figures (2016).

Further reading:

Here are the best John Glenn quotes so you can inspire the next generation through determination, hard work, and grit.

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