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Quotes of the day: Wernher von Braun

Published Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 6:23 PM EDT
Mar 22 2015

Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect, but made his greatest contributions as an aerospace program manager. He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States and is considered one of the "Fathers of Rocket Science". He was also a member of the Nazi Party and the SS. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All one can really leave one's children is what's inside their heads. Education, in other words, and not earthly possessions, is the ultimate legacy, the only thing that cannot be taken away.

Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go- and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.

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

I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.

If our intention had been merely to bring back a handful of soil and rocks from the lunar gravel pit and then forget the whole thing, we would certainly be history's biggest fools.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.

One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions.

Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

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

Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently.

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer space program: your tax dollars will go farther.

What we will have attained when Neil Armstrong steps down upon the moon is a completely new step in the evolution of man.


'I Aim for the Stars, But Sometimes I Hit London.'
-Mort Sahl (suggested title of Werhner von Braun's autobiography)



(March 23 is also the birthday of Erich Fromm.)

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