25 John Glenn Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962.

He had a distinguished military career serving in World War II and the Korean War and was a skilled test pilot.

In 1959 he was chosen as part of the “Mercury Seven” astronaut group.

Glenn orbited Earth three times in 1962 overcoming technical challenges during his flight.

John Glenn Quotes

After retiring from the space program in 1964 he briefly worked in the private sector then served four terms as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

Glenn returned to space in 1998 at age 77 participating in aging research.

He retired from the Senate in 1999 and remained active in public service and education receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Here is a collection of famous quote by John Glenn.

Best John Glenn Quotes

1. “As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” ~ (John Glenn).


2. “Zero G and I feel fine.” ~ (John Glenn).

3. “The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” ~ (John Glenn).

4. “I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.” ~ (John Glenn).

5. “If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest.” ~ (John Glenn).

Popular John Glenn Quotes

6. “We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.” ~ (John Glenn).

7. “To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.” ~ (John Glenn).

8. “Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.” ~ (John Glenn).


9. “The moment of twilight is simply beautiful.” ~ (John Glenn).

10. “I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.” ~ (John Glenn).

11. “There are times when you devote yourself to a higher cause than personal safety.” ~ (John Glenn).

Top John Glenn Quotes

12. “By its very definition, civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one’s community. That means that classroom lessons should be complemented by work outside the classroom. Service-learning does just that, tying community service to academic learning.” ~ (John Glenn).

13. “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” ~ (John Glenn).

14. “I am a stranger. I come in peace. Take me to your leader and there will be a massive reward for you in eternity.” ~ (John Glenn).

15. “I think a mentor gets a lot of satisfaction in a couple of ways. They’re doing something constructive, so they feel good about that. And when they see the results of this, with the young people they’re working with, it’s very, very rewarding.” ~ (John Glenn).

16. “You know, old folks can have dreams, too, as well as young folks, and then work toward them. And to have a dream like this come true for me is just a terrific experience.” ~ (John Glenn).


17. “Just because I’m 77 doesn’t mean I don’t have a dream.” ~ (John Glenn).

18. “To get your name well enough known that you can run for a public office, some people do it by being great lawyers or philanthropists or business people or work their way up the political ladder. I happened to become known from a different route.” ~ (John Glenn).

19. “When others kid me about being bald, I simply tell them that the way I figure it, the good Lord only gave men so many hormones, and if others want to waste theirs on growing hair, that’s up to them.” ~ (John Glenn).

20. “That was a real fireball.” ~ (John Glenn).


21. “I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.” ~ (John Glenn).

Short John Glenn Quotes

22. “This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. We’ve talked about it before and speculated about it, and it finally has occurred. We hoped we could push this day back forever.” ~ (John Glenn).

23. “We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.” ~ (John Glenn).

24. “Love is a combination of friendship, passion, and respect.” ~ (John Glenn).

25. “To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” ~ (John Glenn).

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