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Sputnik Quotes By Al Franken

When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, my parents, like the rest of America, were terrified. The Soviets had nuclear weapons and now were ahead of us in space. So my parents marched me and Owen into our living room, sat us down, and said, " You boys are going to study math and Science so we can beat the Soviets!"
I thought that was a lot of pressure to put on a six-year old. But own and I were obedient sons, so we studied math and science. And we were good at it.. Owen was the first in our family to go to college. He went to MIT, graduating with a degree in physics, and then became a photographer.
I went to Harvard, and became a comedian. My poor parents.
But we still beat the Soviets. You're welcome. — Al Franken

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

I feel like I've swallowed a cloudy sky — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Ed Catmull

As I've said, ARPA had been created in response to Sputnik, and one of its key organizing principles was that collaboration could lead to excellence. — Ed Catmull

Sputnik Quotes By Ken Hollings

Whether the Eisenhower administration has underestimated the American people's interest in space exploration or Truman never full appreciated MacArthur, the Soviet Union's Sputnik program has created a public spectacle that even Disney and von Braun might envy. — Ken Hollings

Sputnik Quotes By Sputnik Monroe

I never let anybody get out of there a winner. — Sputnik Monroe

Sputnik Quotes By Garry Kasparov

I'm a firm a believer in the power of free enterprise to move the world forward. All that Soviet respect for science was no match for the American innovation machine once unleashed. The problem comes when the government is inhibiting innovation with overregulation and short-sighted policy. Trade wars and restrictive immigration regulations will limit America's ability to attract the best and brightest minds, minds needed for this and every forthcoming Sputnik moment. — Garry Kasparov

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

Sometimes you're just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By E.L. Doctorow

In those days, this was years for the sputnik thing, it was customary to downgrade the Russians' science. People who know something about those things didn't make that mistake. But at the level of Time magazine the joke was how they copied everything and claimed it for their own. Well, of course the corollary of that is that it's our bomb they have and that means we were betrayed. After the war our whole foreign policy depended on our having the bomb and the Soviets not having it. It was a terrible miscalculation. It militarized the world. And when they got it the only alternative to admitting our bankruptcy of leadership and national vision was to find conspiracies. It was one or the other. — E.L. Doctorow

Sputnik Quotes By Alan Shepard

Eisenhower, his science adviser James Killian, and others in the White House didn't want to be reminded that the rocket was the same damn Jupiter-C that could have placed a satellite in orbit more than a year before Sputnik. The Army was told to keep that information quiet - in fact, to change the name of the rocket, and Jupiter-C became Juno 1. — Alan Shepard

Sputnik Quotes By Buzz Aldrin

My expertise is the space program and what it should be in the future based on my experience of looking at the transitions that we've made between pre-Sputnik days and getting to the moon. — Buzz Aldrin

Sputnik Quotes By Wally Schirra

I saw the booster, not Sputnik, flying by, and I said, maybe this is the way we should be going, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen. — Wally Schirra

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

What I've written here is a message to myself. I toss it into the air
like a boomerang. It slices through the dark, lays the little soul of
some poor kangaroo out cold, and finally comes back to me.
But the boomerang that returns is not the same one I threw.
Boomerang, boomerang. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Bill Gates

In order for the United States to do the right things for the long term, it appears to be helpful for us to have the prospect of humiliation. Sputnik helped us fund good science - really good science: the semiconductor came out of it. — Bill Gates

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

I closed my eyes and listened carefully for the descendants of Sputnik, even now circling the earth, gravity their only tie to the planet. Lonely metal souls in the unimpeded darkness of space, they meet, pass each other, and part, never to meet again. No words passing between them. No promises to keep. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

Maybe in some distant place, everything is already, quietly, lost. Or at least there exists a silent place where everything can disappear. Or at least there exists a silent place where everything can disappear, melting together in a single overlapping figure. And as we live our lives we discover - drawing toward us the thin threads attached to each - what has been lost. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By David Hoffman

Sputnik quickly became one of the three great shocks to hit America - historians say the equal of Pearl Harbor or 9/11. — David Hoffman

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I feel so- I don't know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you're used to has been ripped away. Like there's no more gravity, and I'm left to drift in outer space with no idea where I'm going'
Like a little lost Sputnik?'
I guess so. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Sputnik Monroe

Any story worth telling is worth embellishing. — Sputnik Monroe

Sputnik Quotes By Lee Iacocca

A little righteous anger really brings out the best in the American personality. Our nation was born when 56 patriots got mad enough to sign the Declaration of Independence. We put a man on the moon because Sputnik made us mad at being number two in space. Getting mad in a constructive way is good for the soul- and the country. — Lee Iacocca

Sputnik Quotes By Buzz Aldrin

American greatness was elevated significantly after Sputnik. — Buzz Aldrin

Sputnik Quotes By Nathan Fillion

MEN WALK ON THE MOON. To me, this speaks of a time when America wasn't just about the almighty buck. The Russians had put up Sputnik, and the U.S. would not be outdone. I admire that about the American spirit. There's only one spot in history for the first ever of anything. — Nathan Fillion

Sputnik Quotes By John Naughton

To say that Sputnik gave rise to some concern in the United States would be the understatement of the century. The truth is that the US went apeshit — John Naughton

Sputnik Quotes By Alexei Sayle

This is the band Radical Posture, and my name is Alexei Yuri Gagarin Siege of Stalingrad Glorious Five-Year Plan Sputnik Pravda Moscow Dynamo Back Four Balowski. Me Dad was a bit of a Communist, know what I mean? — Alexei Sayle

Sputnik Quotes By Sputnik Monroe

Win if you can, lose if you must, always cheat, and if you have to leave the ring, leave tearing it down. — Sputnik Monroe

Sputnik Quotes By Edgar Mitchell

At the end of October 4 in 1957, when I was coming back from sea duty in the South Pacific, Sputnik went up. I realized that humans would be right behind robot aircraft or spacecraft even though I really had no plans of being in aviation or a professional aviator and certainly not in the military. — Edgar Mitchell

Sputnik Quotes By Ian Sputnik

If it looks to good to be true, then it wasn't cooked by my wife. — Ian Sputnik

Sputnik Quotes By Malcolm Muggeridge

I am in a slight difficulty because I find myself in a minute minority there, in that this Sputnik didn't either interest me or frighten me, but that's because I don't, you see, believe that the circumstances of life are the important thing. — Malcolm Muggeridge

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

I was attracted to her from the first time we talked, and soon there was no turning back. For a long time she was the only thing I could think about. I tried to tell her how I felt, but somehow the feelings and the right words couldn't connect. Maybe it was for the best. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Jillian Cantor

You have to love someone to yell at them so intensely; you have to care so unbelievably much that your anger explodes and burns across the sky like the Soviet's Sputnik. — Jillian Cantor

Sputnik Quotes By Donald A. Wollheim

The years of space flight since the orbiting of Sputnik I back in 1957 had produced many fascinating results, but they had also brought a realization of the many problems that surrounded the use of rockets for space flight. — Donald A. Wollheim

Sputnik Quotes By David Hoffman

For days after the launch, Sputnik was a wonderful curiosity. A man-made moon visible by ordinary citizens, it inspired awe and pride that humans had finally launched an object into space. — David Hoffman

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

You're optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Lily Koppel

Soon after launching Sputnik in 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik II with its passenger Laika ("Barker," also known as Little Curly), the Soviet space dog. She was a female stray found on the streets of Moscow (and those godless Soviets let her die in orbit). — Lily Koppel

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

And I really wanted to see you, too," she said. "When I couldn't see you any more, I realized that. It was as clear as if the planets all of a sudden lined up in a row for me. I really need you. You're a part of me; I'm a part of you. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Edward M. Lerner

I was only eight when Sputnik was launched, and at that age the boundary between science and fiction is pretty blurry. Whichever way the process ran, I've been a fan of science and SF ever since. — Edward M. Lerner

Sputnik Quotes By John F. Kennedy

The first man-made satellite to orbit the earth was named Sputnik. The first living creature in space was Laika. The first rocket to the Moon carried a red flag. The first photograph of the far side of the Moon was made with a Soviet camera. If a man orbits the earth this year his name will be Ivan. — John F. Kennedy

Sputnik Quotes By Hugh Latimer Dryden

I know that some knowledgeable people fear that although we might be willing to spend a couple of billion dollars in 1958, because we still remember the humiliation of Sputnik last October, next year we will be so preoccupied by color television, or new-style cars, or the beginning of another national election, that we will be unwilling to pay another year's installment on our space conquest bill. For that to happen well, I'd just as soon we didn't start. — Hugh Latimer Dryden

Sputnik Quotes By J.M. Richards

Alan shrugged. "I love the CBC, really, but being voted its president - " "Co-president," Sputnik corrected. " - is kind of like being declared King of Nerds." "Co-king," Sputnik asserted. — J.M. Richards

Sputnik Quotes By Haruki Murakami

Do you know what 'Sputnik' means in Russian? 'Travelling companion'. I looked it up in a dictionary not long ago. Kind of a strange coincidence if you think about it. I wonder why the Russians gave their satellite that strange name. It's just a poor little lump of metal, spinning around the Earth. — Haruki Murakami

Sputnik Quotes By Margot Lee Shetterly

But before a computer became an inanimate object, and before Mission Control landed in Houston; before Sputnik changed the course of history, and before the NACA became NASA; before the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Langley's West Computers were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. — Margot Lee Shetterly

Sputnik Quotes By Virginia Postrel

Even before Sputnik, scientists and policy makers worried that not enough Americans were studying science. — Virginia Postrel

Sputnik Quotes By Malcolm Muggeridge

The Sputnik is just to me like a firework, a rocket, a new invention. — Malcolm Muggeridge

Sputnik Quotes By Jillian Cantor

But I am thinking about the way Ezra yelled at Joshua, not so dissimilar to the way my mother and sister used to yell at each other. You have to love someone to yell at them so intensely; you have to care so unbelievably much that your anger explodes and burns across the sky like the Soviet's Sputnik I've read so much about. My sister always thought they fought because Mother hated her, but I knew better. — Jillian Cantor