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I woke up an hour before I was supposed to,
by 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

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

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

Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by landing aboard aircraft carriers 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

Last night I dreamt I ate a ten pound marshmallow.
When I woke up the pillow was gone.
- Tommy Cooper

One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock.
I had forgotten I was free.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Previously, on Lock, Stock, I went to bed at two in
the morning and woke up at five in the morning,
and on this one I was known to nod off on the set occasionally.
- Guy Ritchie

I had a dream that I was awake and I woke up to find myself asleep.
- Stan Laurel

I'm trying to go over my lines.
I woke up on the floor, somebody had me in their arms.
I didn't quite know who, people looked so unfamiliar.
That's about all I remember.
- Dick York

It's been like a bad dream I never woke from.
- Alex Chilton

I slept and dreamt that life was beauty;
I woke and found that life was duty.
- George Byron

Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda...
and woke up with me.
- Rita Hayworth

I woke up this morning, and I still don't believe I won the Daytona 500.
- Dale Earnhardt

My advisers built a wall between myself and my people.
I didn't realize what was happening.
When I woke up, I had lost my people.
- Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

It really means a lot that I won the gold medal -
but I woke up the next morning expecting to feel different.
I felt the same.
- Dan O'Brien

The most frustrating thing for me as a singer is that
people have pinpointed me as an actress who suddenly
woke up one day and decided that I wanted to sing.
- Marla Sokoloff

Now I know that that is just the phenomena of eating this way.
Most all of my letters say I hit a plateau and then
one morning I woke up and the melt had happened.
- Suzanne Somers

I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years.
I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them,
and discovered them again.
- Annie Dillard

It started when I woke up, all I wanted to do is jump out of the window.
I didn't want to eat anymore, because I was afraid
that I might poison myself somehow.
- Jonathan Davis

When I woke up Sunday morning at the Open and stepped
outside and felt the wind and rain in my face,
I knew I had an excellent chance to win if I just took
my time and trusted myself.
- Tom Kite

I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me,
"Did you sleep good?" I said "No, I made a few mistakes."
- Steven Wright

Then suddenly something just kicked me.
I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different
atmosphere than you normally are.
My immediate reaction was to back off,
slow down.
- Ayrton Senna

I had plenty of pimples as a kid.
One day I fell asleep in the library.
When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face.
- Rodney Dangerfield

If I ever woke up with a dead hooker in my hotel room,
Matt would be the first person I'd call.
- Ben Affleck

I remember we woke up one morning at Denny's house
and John Phillips called.
He said, you guys okay? We said, yeah,
what's wrong, what's going on? He said,
well, everybody's dead over at Sharon's house at Terry Melcher's place.
- Barry McGuire

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in
my head at about 3:30 in the morning.
I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into
the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song.
I wonder where that piano is now?
- Jim Capaldi

There's also a sense of freedom.
I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time -
when I woke up in the morning,
when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years.
- Andrew Wiles

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird.
He was laying there and something struck me.
Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was
as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
- Marv Levy

The house burned an hour before midnight on the last day of April.
The wild, distant ringing of the fire bells woke George Hazard.
He stumbled through the dark hallway,
then upstairs to the mansion tower, and stepped outside into the narrow balcony.
- John Jakes

My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he
could play tennis 365 days a year,
so it was - it was a place we played every day.
We played before school.
We played after school.
We woke up.
We played tennis.
We brushed our teeth in that order.
- Andre Agassi

I woke up find a rather noisy multi-lingual meeting going on.
This was great as everyone could participate and even
though everything had to be translated into about four
different languages it never became boring.
After a while the meeting broke up and everyone went for food.
- John Blair

The name Air Supply sort of came from nowhere.
I get a lot of my things in dreams and I just had a
dream about it one night,
and I woke up and said that's just got to be the name.
That was in 1975.
- Graham Russell

Time made me change.
I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am,
an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study,
tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't
have a role to play beyond stringing words together.
- David Guterson

Because my parents, growing up, they worked hard.
Everyone in my family woke up early in the morning.
I used to see my mother and my father go off to work,
and come back and, no matter what, they had time for the kids.
- Herschel Walker

The God of Children and Fools:
There once was a man way up high,
who sat on his chair in the sky.
he called down to fool us,
and said he would rule us,
until we woke up bye and bye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow...
may your gratitude rise up and with strength answer, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James A. Baldwin

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain


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