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But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty,
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary provides training at all levels so that those
who have been selected for leadership positions have
the opportunity to learn and apply leadership principles to their jobs.
- Ron D. Burton

Tolerance is the value that was selected to put on here,
and tolerance is as American as apple pie.
- Jay Inslee

To be selected was an honor, and in respect of the
family member chosen to run,
families held feasts and gave away prized beaver coats,
quilled tobacco bags and buffalo hides.
- Dennis Banks

It took me a long time to get selected as an astronaut.
In fact, I applied for 20 years before I was selected.
- John L. Phillips

Once you have selected a sport or a creative activity,
the rules are pretty much the same.
- Bill Toomey

I feel very privileged to be part of this mission,
and when my nomination was announced,
I was really very, very happy to be selected for this mission.
- Claude Nicollier

We are selected, but I grew up in California and in
San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.
- Stephen Breyer

People are already self-selected by the time they've
decided to become scientists.
- Jonathan Miller

I worked for some very good people who have helped
me along the way and actually enabled me to have the
opportunity to be selected to join the Astronaut Corps.
- Duane G. Carey

We look in...
Germany for a superstar.
We began with 10,000 people, which applied.
From these 10,000, 100 was selected.
The jury is unbelievably competent.
- Michelle Hunziker

In 1980, a nation in need of change selected Ronald
Reagan to restore the shine to a tarnished America.
- William L. Jenkins

You got to have people at the top who respond to and
are selected by presidents.
- Dick Cheney

Bush wasn't elected, he was selected -
selected by five judges up in Washington who voted along party lines.
- Alec Baldwin

He has selected from a group of overwhelming candidates.
This candidate was nominated to the Supreme Court because
of his extremely overwhelming qualifications.
- Rod Parsley

I was selected to be an astronaut on a military program
called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory back in '67.
That program got cancelled in '69 and NASA ended up taking half of us.
- Robert Crippen

Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having
the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a
carefully selected number of piccolos.
- Gustav Mahler

I love this company.
I don't know how it was selected.
It's a bunch of machers.
They mean business.
- Jeffrey Tambor

Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction,
and the selected examples should be such that a gradual
development can be nicely demonstrated.
- Niklaus Wirth

But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent.
- Stephen Breyer

As you can imagine I'm disappointed as anything that
I was not selected to be the presidential running mate.
And I find it continually appalling that it would be
a radical thing to have a woman on the ticket.
- Kate Clinton

Once he had selected the path he was going down he
really had to stick with it in a 16 game match.
He had to try and hit in the one direction but unfortunately for him -
though fortunately for me!
- he hit in the wrong direction.
- Vladimir Kramnik

I think the country is very settled in a lot of ways,
and we saw that after the Democratic Convention.
I think a lot of the bump that we enjoyed came when
John Kerry selected John Edwards as his running mate.
- Harold Ford

Four years earlier I had been selected,
with Kay Boyle, the writer, and a number of others,
to go to Cambodia and come back and prove that there
were no sanctuaries in that country.
- William Kunstler

My first name - I have no middle name -
was chosen by my father,
as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills.
He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah;
there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

I thought that that was an effort to inject a popular element,
a democratic element into the selection of a person who,
once he is selected and confirmed, is beyond electoral control.
- Stephen Breyer

At last, someone came to tell me I'd been selected as commissioner,
which gave rise to the line that I took the job with clean hands.
I was then taken downstairs to a press conference,
and the reporters were as surprised as I was.
- Pete Rozelle

The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt;
it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes,
on those which were best and greatest;
it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
- Walter Bagehot

I think a good MP is someone who cares for their community
and becomes their champion,
which is why I will make my home in any seat I am lucky
enough to be selected for.
Looks play no part in the equation, what matters is
your ideas and connecting them to the electorate.
- Adam Rickitt

Being selected Most Improved was a special individual
award because when I speak to young people I always
try to tell them the importance about it's not where
you start but where you end up.
- Kevin Johnson

It is important to consider whether the sample size
selected by the Environmental Genome Project will provide
sufficient power to discover most alleles relevant
to gene-environment interactions.
- Samuel Wilson

My daughter is a freshman in college and my son is -
well,
our daughter and our son - is a sophomore in college.
So they come home on selected weekends,
they come home on vacations and they're home in the summer,
although they have jobs.
- Erika Slezak

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

I look for what needs to be done.
After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

You can not find happiness by chasing after it.
Happiness comes from doing what you love to do,
and from being who you truly are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela


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