"Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Alan Shepard on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Alan Shepard on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Alan Shepard on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Alan Shepard on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Alan Shepard on Henry David Thoreau
"The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed and orientation and so on and responded as he would from the same cues in an airplane, but there was no way it flew the same. The simulators had showed us that."
"We worked with the engineers in the design and construction and testing phases in those various areas, then we would get back together at the end of the week and brief each other as to what had gone on."
"It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."
"I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all."
"You have to be there not for the fame and glory and recognition and being a page in a history book, but you have to be there because you believe your talent and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft."