Wernher von Braun Quotes

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.

One test is worth a thousand expert opinions.

The single most powerful thing I can say about our future is this: the future belongs to the spacefaring civilizations.

Don’t tell me that man doesn’t belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go.

It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.

The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet.

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.

Without warning, there was this blue flash and white smoke billowing out of the ‘engine’ compartment. That’s when it started heading my way.

I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.

Someday the frontier of atomic powered spacecraft will lead to journeys to the stars.

Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted.

I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges.

The Saturn V was unprecedented in terms of its size and capacity. It was truly a masterpiece of engineering.

The public does not know what is possible, and therefore they will not demand the impossible.

Somehow, I have been blessed to be in the right place at the right time and pushed into a corner where there was only one way out.

I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.

I am optimistic that the human race will successfully establish a colony on Mars in the near future.

I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.

I believe that the destiny of humans is to explore, not only the Earth but also the universe.

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living beings in that enormous immensity.

Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.

The most important decision I ever made was to be in a hurry to find my calling. That is the reason I embraced space science.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

Conquering the universe one step at a time.

Sometimes, I think I didn’t choose to be a rocket scientist; the universe chose me.

I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.

Our dreams should be boundless, because they are the catalysts that propel us forward to greatness.

I am bold enough to say that the chances of finding intelligent life outside of Earth are far greater than zero.

Science is not about repeating experiments to get the right answer, but to discover new questions.

In order to succeed, you must have the audacity to dream big and the courage to pursue those dreams relentlessly.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

I am convinced that we will discover extraterrestrial life within my lifetime.

I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth, a nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of mine, I have earned my freedom, and I do not need to defend it.

Space exploration will not only bring us scientific discoveries, but also a greater understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe.

The path to success is always paved with failure. Embrace failure as a stepping stone to greatness.

There is no limit to what we can achieve if we work together and never stop dreaming.

The earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever.

The universe is full of magic, not just in distant galaxies, but right here on Earth. It’s our job to open our eyes and see the miracles that surround us.

The greatest danger facing us is apathy – the belief that we can’t make a difference.

The only limits to our achievements are the ones we impose on ourselves.

The power to change the world lies in the hands of those willing to dream big and take action.

The space race is not a competition against others, but a competition against ourselves to push the boundaries of what is possible.

The universe is not in a hurry, but we must be if we want to explore its wonders.

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