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The excitement really didn't start to build until the trailer -
by Alan Shepard

The excitement really didn't start to build until the trailer -
which was carrying me,
with a space suit with ventilation and all that sort of stuff -
pulled up to the launch pad.
- Alan Shepard

You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.
- Alan Shepard

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.
- Alan Shepard

Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.
- Alan Shepard

 

Later, in the early teens, I used to ride my bike every
Saturday morning to the nearest airport,
ten miles away, push airplanes in and out of the hangars,
and clean up the hangars.
- Alan Shepard

The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built.
Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground,
because it crashed.
- Alan Shepard

We also knew it would be difficult, because of the
financial condition of the family,
for me to go to college.
- Alan Shepard

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Of course I was delighted the flight was over,
but I still had to worry about cleaning up inside the cabin,
I had to worry about the hatch, how to get in the sling,
and so on.
- Alan Shepard

I think all of us certainly believed the statistics
which said that probably 88% chance of mission success
and maybe 96% chance of survival.
And we were willing to take those odds.
- Alan Shepard

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.
- Alan Shepard

It's been a long way, but we're here.
- Alan Shepard

I think the sense of family and family achievement,
plus the discipline which I received there from that
one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.
- Alan Shepard

I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.
- Alan Shepard

I didn't mind studying.
Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested
me more than some of the more artistic subjects,
but I think I was a pretty good student.
- Alan Shepard

They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
- Alan Shepard

I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years,
but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
- Alan Shepard

You may not have any extra talent, but maybe you are
just paying more attention to what you are doing.
- Alan Shepard

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.
- Alan Shepard

We wanted to be in great shape, we wanted to be able
to cope with zero gravity,
we wanted to be able to cope with accelerations and decelerations and so on.
So all of us trained so that we were probably in the
best physical condition we had ever been in up until that point.
- Alan Shepard

I woke up an hour before I was supposed to,
and started going over the mental checklist:
where do I go from here,
what do I do? I don't remember eating anything at all,
just going through the physical, getting into the suit.
We practiced that so much, it was all rote.
- Alan Shepard

But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty,
to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school,
I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.
- Alan Shepard

So everything turned out fine, and we were given the
opportunity to go to Washington and be briefed on the project of man in space,
and given the opportunity to choose whether we wanted to get involved or not.
- Alan Shepard

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.
- Alan Shepard

The rocket had worked perfectly, and all I had to do
was survive the reentry forces.
You do it all, in a flight like that,
in a rather short period of time, just 16 minutes as a matter of fact.
- Alan Shepard

And I think that still is true of this business -
which is basically research and development -
that you probably spend more time in planning and training
and designing for things to go wrong,
and how you cope with them, than you do for things to go right.
- Alan Shepard

Whether you are an astronomer or a life scientist,
geophysicist, or a pilot, you've got to be there because
you believe you are good in your field,
and you can contribute, not because you are going to
get a lot of fame or whatever when you get back.
- Alan Shepard

Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better,
to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown.
That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots,
and that led to the astronaut business.
- Alan Shepard

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.
- Alan Shepard

You've done it in the simulator so many times,
you don't have a real sense of being excited when the flight is going on.
You're excited before, but as soon as the liftoff occurs,
you are busy doing what you have to do.
- Alan Shepard

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

Money was never a big motivation for me,
except as a way to keep score.
The real excitement is playing the game.
- Donald Trump

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning
wondering what my intuition
will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea.
I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner.
- Jonas Salk

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming,
we lose the excitement of possibilities.
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
- Gloria Steinem

No one can deny the excitement of visiting another world.
- Barney Oliver

I don't have any particular excitement about working
with any specific director or actor at this point.
- Sean Penn

The excitement level for me working on projects is
really not a bit different from when I was 26.
- Amar Bose

This position of this Northern party brought about the troubles of 1850,
and the political excitement of 1854.
- Robert Toombs

I was out of my bed in one second, trembling with excitement,
and I dashed to the door and into the adjoining room,
where I could watch the streets below from the windows.
- Herman Hesse

Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow.
If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.
- Paul Samuelson

There is no doubt that life can be a bumpy ride.
But so were those roller coasters you loved as a kid.
Savor the adventure.
Find excitement in the uncertainty and the constant change.
Even let a touch of fear add spice to your life -
as you did on that roller coaster.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

There hasn't been this much excitement since the Romans
fed the Christians to the Lions.
- Sid Waddell

When you coach as long as I did, you can't help but miss those Saturdays -
dealing with the players,
the game preparation, the challenges,
the excitement.
- Tom Osborne

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution
long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
- Cavett Robert

Learning should be a joy and full of excitement.
It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated
excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.
- Taylor Caldwell

One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
- John Hope

The best part of one's life is the working part,
the creative part.
Believe me, I love to succeed...
However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.
- Garson Kanin

Comics as art.
I do comics as comics, and my opportunity to tell stories.
Simple.
Basic.
Let the characters have the excitement,
not the package.
That's where I come from.
- Jaime Hernandez

Who knows, I have always lived one day at a time.
Probably more adventure and excitement.
- Rob Mariano

There is no excitement anywhere in the world,
short of war, to match the excitement of the American presidential campaign.
- Theodore White

Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement.
- Jeanette Winterson

Excitement in education and student productivity,
the ability to get a result that you want from students,
go together and cannot be separated.
- Major Owens

I'd always liked to read, but when I picked up books
I wasn't getting the same kind of excitement from them
that I was from going out clubbing.
I wanted to get the same kind of feel.
- Irvine Welsh

I'm glad I haven't married - I crave excitement.
- Cynthia Payne

After doing so many different roles,
if you don't stretch yourself,
there's no excitement left.
- Christine Lahti

Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream.
This excitement is like a forest fire -
you can smell it,
taste it, and see it from a mile away.
- Denis Waitley

However, the occasional visit of success provides just
the excitement an engineer needs to face work the following day.
- Koichi Tanaka

Because of the wealth of fine music spread through the film,
working on it held all the fun and excitement of attending a great concert.
- June Allyson

If you wish to draw off the people from a bad or wicked custom,
you must beat up for a march; you must make an excitement,
do something that everybody will notice.
- Lewis Tappan

The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement,
but by Sober Second Thought.
- Martin Van Buren

We definitely need to get the excitement back.
- Robert Mondavi

The creative habit is like a drug.
The particular obsession changes, but the excitement,
the thrill of your creation lasts.
- Henry Moore

Found everybody in a terrible state of excitement on
account of the enemy's advance upon this place.
- John Buford

There's this sense of excitement because you invent
and control the characters.
You decide whether they live or die.
I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.
- Sidney Sheldon

Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.
- Robert Conklin

The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary,
means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real.
Romance should last a lifetime.
- Billy Graham

We sat around one night and thought that people are
going to look back and say,
I can't imagine there was a lot of excitement about HER going up!
- Christa McAuliffe

If anything, the overriding emotion is gonna just be excitement.
- Christa McAuliffe

There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require,
in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the
votaries of pleasure in theirs.
- Charles Dickens

I wanted to capture the excitement of house music,
almost like a four-four beat, and the best way to do
that was to use a language that was rhythmic and performative.
- Irvine Welsh


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