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Later, in the early teens, I used to ride my bike every
by 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What you plant now, you will harvest later.
- Og Mandino

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough
to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment
comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you.
Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning.
Questioners sooner or later end up in a library.
Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures,
because scriptures are full of answers.
And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.
- Osho

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

Sooner or later, we sell out for money.
- Tony Randall

Always do your best.
What you plant now, you will harvest later.
- Og Mandino

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

The trouble with travelling back later on is that you
can never repeat the same experience.
- Michael Palin

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul,
the director of his life.
- James Allen

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether
he worships his own power or the power of God.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged
sooner or later to find time for illness.
- John Wanamaker

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
- Paul Tournier

There is always some specific moment when we become
aware that our youth is gone;
but,
years after, we know it was much later.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Feelings are much stronger than thoughts.
We are all led by instinct,
and our intellect catches up later.
- Bono

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens.
A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not
suddenly become filled on retirement.
- Dwight L. Moody

Men have a much better time of it than women.
For one thing, they marry later; for another thing,
they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:
cash and experience.
Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Harold S. Geneen

Learning to dislike children at an early age saves
a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.
- Robert Byrne

I have found out in later years that we were very poor,
but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

But I also think that the more you reason collectively
about what the project should be at the beginning of the process,
the more you can improvise later.
- Walter Salles

There are in fact two things, science and opinion;
the former begets knowledge,
the later ignorance.
- Hippocrates

Later we learned that it was one of our own men hanging on the wire.
Nobody could do anything for him; two men had already tried to save him,
only to be shot themselves.
- Ernst Toller

Plan Colombia was supposed to reduce Colombia's cultivation
and distribution of drugs by 50 percent,
but 6 years and $4.7 billion later, the drug control
results are meager at best.
- Jan Schakowsky

I think that the old Mothers started that trend of rehearsing long hours.
We went as long as the later bands did except we didn't
get paid for it like they did.
- Jimmy Carl Black

Likewise the leader of any state has to do the same,
he has to enforce Shariah firmly, for he will be held
in account later in the afterlife if he fails.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

In the tenth century the old Batavian and later Roman forms have faded away.
- John Lothrop Motley

I believe success is preparation, because opportunity
is going to knock on your door sooner or later but
are you prepared to answer that?
- Omar Epps

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York
City where gay marriage is not only legal,
but it's common and they don't even notice.
- Anthony Weiner

My mother's suicide attempts were a way to release
anxiety and get attention.
Some of the attempts were drug reactions she didn't even remember later on.
- Lorna Luft

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz.
It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
- Dave Van Ronk

The effort required by your endeavor now is not as
hard as dealing with your regret later.
- Mike Hawkins

While most students were trying to draw one beautiful finished piece,
I would be in the background drawing dozens of studies
at different angles to use later.
- Frank Bruno

Later, I even appeared in a Rock Opera with Richard Gere.
- Barry Bostwick

As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men,
just as it was also in all later democracies and republics
until the twentieth century.
- Robert A. Dahl

Save your rejections so that later when you are famous
you can show them to people and laugh.
- Meg Cabot

We pretended there was no problem with Agent Orange
after Vietnam and later the Pentagon recanted,
after untold suffering by veterans.
- Jim McDermott

Two weeks later, we played our first concert and had 100 people there.
It was pretty cool.
- Will Champion

Kazan was an old friend, I met him in 1938.
He picked up radio jobs for eating money,
so I met him on a couple of radio shows.
Later on I was in a play he directed.
- Richard Widmark

Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
- Margaret Mead


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