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all quotes by Sally Ride (16)

"I’ve discovered that half the people would love to go into space and there’s no need to explain it to them. The other half can’t understand and I couldn’t explain it to them. If someone doesn’t know why, I can’t explain it."

Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space | january 1981

"All adventures—especially into new territory—are scary."

To Space and Back {via Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space} | january 1986

"I think there probably is life, maybe primitive life, in outer space. There might be very primitive life in our solar system — single-cell animals, that sort of thing."

Sally Ride Interview | november 1998

"The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter."

Sally Ride Interview | november 1998

"Studying whether there's life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge."

All Things Considered | february 2003

"I suggest taking the high road and have a little sense of humor and let things roll off your back."

Ride urges emphasis on math, science studies | march 2006

"Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely cause is the elephant on her chest. For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the elephant."

Advice from the top: Ride urges emphasis on math, science studies | march 2006

"If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys."

Academy of Achievement | june 2006

"The view of earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It's a totally different perspective, and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is."

First American Woman in Space | june 2006

"I have been a bit of a risk taker all my life."

First American Woman in Space | june 2006

"If I think I've accomplished what I set out to accomplish, then that's achievement."

First American Woman in Space | june 2006

"Try to understand who you are and what you want to do, and don't be afraid to go down that road and do whatever it takes and work as hard as you have to work to achieve that."

First American Woman in Space | june 2006

"It’s also critical to prepare the core of the future skilled workforce. That’s because in the next decade or so, fully 80 of the jobs in this country, that includes basic living wage jobs, are going to require some background in science, math or technology."

Reach for the Stars with Sally Ride | april 2011

"Women and men go through exactly the same jobs on orbit. Weightlessness is a great equalizer."

An Interview with Sally Ride | july 2012

"I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model. But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one."

Harvard Business Review | september 2012

"I'm not a goal-oriented person. I don't look out into the future and say, 'Five or ten years from now, this is what I want to be doing, this is where I want to be.' I'm very much a person who gets very, very involved in whatever I happen to be doing now."

The Commencement Address Sally Ride Never Gave | may 2014
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