70+ Inspirational Neil Armstrong Quotes [2024] American Astronaut

Updated: January 20th, 2022

Neil Armstrong was an American Astronaut, Aeronautical Engineer, Professor, and the world's first human to walk on the Moon.

Neil Armstrong made his first spaceflight as command pilot of Gemini 8 and became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space in the year 1966.

Armstrong got many awards like Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Space Medal of Honor, Congressional Gold Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his great achievements.

We've put together an incredible collection of Neil Armstrong quotes to read.

Here they are:

70+ Inspirational Neil Armstrong  Quotes [2024] American Astronaut

List of Inspiring Neil Armstrong Quotes

It’s a great thing for a man to walk on the moon. But it’s a greater thing for God to walk on the earth. - Neil Armstrong

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment, and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink. - Neil Armstrong

I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did. - Neil Armstrong

The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time and a lot of travel. - Neil Armstrong

I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street. - Neil Armstrong

The single thing which makes any man happiest is the realization that he has worked up to the limits of his ability, his capacity. It’s all the better, of course, if this work has made a contribution to knowledge, or toward moving the human race a little farther forward. - Neil Armstrong

To fly in space is to see the reality of Earth, alone. The experience changed my life and my attitude toward life itself. I am one of the lucky ones. - Neil Armstrong

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. - Neil Armstrong

I hope you become comfortable with the use of logic without being deceived into concluding that logic will inevitably lead you to the correct conclusion. - Neil Armstrong

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. - Neil Armstrong

I am comfortable with my level of public discourse. - Neil Armstrong

Damn I really did it. I blew the first words on the moon, didn't I? - Neil Armstrong

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. - Neil Armstrong

I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. - Neil Armstrong

Our autopilot was taking us into a very large crater, about the size of a big football stadium with steep slopes on the crater covered with very large rocks about the size of automobiles that was not the kind of place that I wanted to try to make the first landing.- Neil Armstrong

As I stepped on the moon, I looked around, dazedly magnificent. The vast, sandy silver surface was almost illusory. - Neil Armstrong

It's different, but it's very pretty out here. I suppose they are going to make a big deal of all this. - Neil Armstrong

People love conspiracy theories. - Neil Armstrong

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind. - Neil Armstrong

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work. - Neil Armstrong

I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth. - Neil Armstrong

Man must understand his universe in order to understand his destiny. - Neil Armstrong

Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying. - Neil Armstrong

In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. - Neil Armstrong

The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited. - Neil Armstrong

We would like to give special thanks to all those Americans who built the spacecraft; who did the construction, design, the tests, and put their hearts and all their abilities into those crafts. To those people tonight, we give a special thank you, and to all the other people that are listening and watching tonight, God bless you. - Neil Armstrong

friends and colleagues all of a sudden looked at us, treated us, slightly differently than had months or years before when we were working together. I never quite understood that. - Neil Armstrong

Every flying machine has its own unique characteristics, some good, some not so good. Pilots naturally fly the craft in such a manner as to take advantage of its good characteristics and avoid the areas where it is not so good. - Neil Armstrong

Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. - Neil Armstrong

I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow. - Neil Armstrong

I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. - Neil Armstrong

It would be impossible to overstate the appreciation that we on the crew feel for your dedication and the quality of your work. - Neil Armstrong

If you don't know who you are, a university is an expensive place to find out. - Neil Armstrong

Fear is not an unknown emotion to us. - Neil Armstrong

I tell you, we're going to be busy for a minute. - Neil Armstrong

Humanity is not forever chained to this planet, our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited. - Neil Armstrong

Start at the end and work back. - Neil Armstrong

Ever since I was a little boy, I dreamed I would do something important in aviation. - Neil Armstrong

I think if there was anything I learned from our skipper was that it’s not how you look; it’s how you perform. - Neil Armstrong

I believe that the message of Apollo XI was that in the spirit of Apollo, a free and open spirit, you can attack a very difficult goal and achieve it if you can all agree and work together to achieve that goal. - Neil Armstrong

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. - Neil Armstrong

I was elated, ecstatic, and extremely surprised that we were successful. - Neil Armstrong

I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream. - Neil Armstrong

If you don’t know who you are, a university is an expensive place to find out. - Neil Armstrong

Yeah, I wasn’t chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn’t planned by anyone. - Neil Armstrong

Damn, I really did it. I blew the first words on the moon, didn’t I? - Neil Armstrong

Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed. - Neil Armstrong

As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember. - Neil Armstrong

A picture does a great job, but it’s not nearly like being there. - Neil Armstrong

Geologists have a saying - rocks remember. - Neil Armstrong

In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand. - Neil Armstrong

We have no proof, But if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that ... other life probably exists out there and perhaps in many places. - Neil Armstrong

Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead. - Neil Armstrong

History will remember the twentieth century for two technological developments: atomic energy and space flight. - Neil Armstrong

That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. - Neil Armstrong

It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it. - Neil Armstrong

Houston, that may have seemed like a very long final phase. The autotargeting was taking us right into a crater, with a large number of big boulders and rocks and it required flying manually over the rock field to find a reasonably good area. - Neil Armstrong

There can be no great accomplishment without risk. - Neil Armstrong

The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class. - Neil Armstrong

I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium. - Neil Armstrong

Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you. - Neil Armstrong

Opportunities will be available to you that you cannot imagine. - Neil Armstrong

There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief. - Neil Armstrong

You've got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected. - Neil Armstrong

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. - Neil Armstrong

I am, and ever will be, a white sock, pocket protector, nerdy engineer. - Neil Armstrong

The landing approach was, by far, the most difficult and challenging part of the flight. - Neil Armstrong

I can honestly say – and it’s a big surprise to me – that I have never had a dream about being on the moon. - Neil Armstrong

The single observation I would offer for your consideration is that some things are beyond your control. You can lose your health to illness or accident. You can lose your wealth to all manner of unpredictable sources. What is not easily stolen from you without your cooperation are your principles and your values. They are your most important possessions and, if carefully selected and nurtured, will well serve you and your fellow man. - Neil Armstrong

It never hurts to have friends around, so that’s why you’d form a crew. - Neil Armstrong

Gliders, sailplanes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird. - Neil Armstrong

Research is creating new knowledge. - Neil Armstrong

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