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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

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 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

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

 

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.
- 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 must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.
- 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every man can transform the world from one of monotony
and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.
- Irving Wallace

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

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

With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten
but I never lost the excitement of discovery.
- Paul Berg

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

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

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'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

The excitement of learning separates youth from old age.
As long as you're learning you're not old.
- Rosalyn S. Yalow

Yet better for one of my nature to have it that way
than to have life a peaceful,
placid flow of quiet contentment.
I must have days of rushing excitement.
- Dawn Powell

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

The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.
- Brian May

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts.
I motivate people, I hope, by example -
and perhaps by excitement,
by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
- Rupert Murdoch

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

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

As soon as I started writing Julia, by which I mean
while writing its first sentence,
I felt a sudden, reassuring charge of excitement.
I knew it was going to work.
- Peter Straub

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

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

The model should only serve the very private function
for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement.
- Lucian Freud

The formation of the News America Publishing Group
will lead to greater editorial excitement,
new business opportunities and greater efficiencies and coordination.
- Peter Chernin

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

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

The real excitement and big deal for me started when
I got cast in the first X-Men,
which was sort of a fluke.
- Shawn Ashmore

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

Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own
writing in important ways,
taking away some of the excitement of poetry.
- Robert Morgan

The great trouble with baseball today is that most
of the players are in the game for the money and that's it,
not for the love of it, the excitement of it,
the thrill of it.
- Ty Cobb

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

It's taken us 10 years, and it was constant excitement.
I was constantly shocked by how evil he could be.
Mao was very, very shrewd but he didn't have human feeling.
- Jung Chang

I saw the excitement, going to different places,
being able to explore emotion in a healthy way.
- Corbin Bernsen

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

For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in
a monogamous relationship.
- Warren Beatty

Fear is excitement without breath.
- Robert Heller

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

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

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


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