"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Neil Armstrong on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Neil Armstrong on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Neil Armstrong on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Neil Armstrong on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Neil Armstrong on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"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."
"Research is creating new knowledge."
"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind."
"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."
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