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We wanted to be in great shape, we wanted to be able
by 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

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 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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

But the approach to recording this album was kind of an organized,
chaotic approach where I wanted to maintain and preserve
that wild abandon to creating.
- Vanessa Carlton

I used to go and flatten my nose against that window
and absorb all I could of his art.
It changed my life.
I saw art then as I wanted to see it.
- Mary Cassatt

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid.
If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up,
I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr


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