JOHN GLENN. MEMORABLE QUOTES I
Astronaut John Glenn - the first American to orbit Earth (February 20, 1962) and later, the oldest person to leave planet earth and fly in space (October 1998) - died yesterday, Thursday December 8, 2016. He was 95 years old. Now that he left planet earth yet again, this time into the great unknown, it is worthwhile pondering some of his wise words to humanity.
- We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves. — John Glenn, Keynote address at Ohio State University’s commencement in 2009.
- Don’t tune out, cop out or drop out. Don’t give in to complacency and cynicism. Don’t ignore what is bad, but concentrate on building what is good. Don’t take America and the values reflected in our form of government for granted. And never forget that in our democracy, the government is not ‘them’ — it is 'us.’ — John Glenn, announcing his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 1997.
I pray every day and I
think everybody should. I don’t think you can be up here and look out the
window as I did the first day and look out at the Earth from this vantage
point. We’re not so high compared to people who went to the moon and back. But
to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is, to me,
impossible. It just strengthens my faith. — John Glenn, on his second flight
on space shuttle Discovery in 1998 at the age of 77