50 Motivational Buzz Aldrin Quotes on Living Your Dreams

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Which are your favorite Buzz Aldrin quotes?

Buzz Aldrin is an American former astronaut, engineer, and fighter pilot. He is most famously known for being one of the first two people to land on the Moon, along with fellow well-known astronaut ‘Neil Armstrong’.

Throughout his career as an astronaut, Aldrin successfully made three spacewalks as a pilot of the ‘Gemini 12’ mission and ‘Apollo 11’ mission. He has also been accorded many honors, including the prestigious ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’.

Aldrin began serving in the military right after he graduated from the ‘United States Military Academy’. He first got commissioned into the United States Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. Only after he earned a Doctoral degree in astronautics, Aldrin then got selected as a member of NASA’s project, ‘Astronaut Group 3’.

Here’s a collection of the best Buzz Aldrin quotes:


50 Motivational Buzz Aldrin Quotes on Living Your Dreams

1. “To send humans back to the moon would not be advancing. It would be more than 50 years after the first moon landing when we got there, and we’d probably be welcomed by the Chinese. But we should return to the moon without astronauts and build, with robots, an international lunar base, so that we know how to build a base on Mars robotically.” – Buzz Aldrin

2. “My favorite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive.” – Buzz Aldrin

3. “You need propellants to accelerate toward Mars, then to decelerate at Mars, again to re-accelerate from Mars to Earth, and finally to decelerate back at Earth. Accordingly, the mass of these required propellants, in short, drives our need for innovative launch vehicles.” – Buzz Aldrin

4. “I’ve been to the Titanic in a yellow submarine and the North Pole in a Russian nuclear ice breaker.” – Buzz Aldrin

5. “Growing up, I was fascinated with Buck Rogers’ airplanes. As I began to mature in World War II, it became jets and rocket planes. But it was always in the air.” – Buzz Aldrin

6. “Mars is much closer to the characteristics of Earth. It has a fall, winter, summer, and spring. North Pole, South Pole, mountains, and lots of ice. No one is going to live on Venus; no one is going to live on Jupiter.” – Buzz Aldrin

7. “We must still think of ourselves as pioneers to understand the importance of space.” – Buzz Aldrin

8. “A mind concerned about danger is a clouded mind. It’s paralyzing.” – Buzz Aldrin

9. “If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” – Buzz Aldrin


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10. “I know: If you’re looking down at Earth, you’re looking through an atmosphere that has a bit of haze in many places and not just occasional clouds.” – Buzz Aldrin


11. “Bringing an asteroid back to Earth? What’s that have to do with space exploration? If we were moving outward from there, and an asteroid is a good stopping point, then fine. But now it’s turned into a whole planetary defense exercise at the cost of our outward exploration.” – Buzz Aldrin

12. “Space travel for everyone is the next frontier in the human experience.” – Buzz Aldrin

13. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things.” – Buzz Aldrin

14. “As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound.” – Buzz Aldrin

15. “I think there would be no shortage of applicants to the government astronaut corps to be settlers on the planet Mars. And I think this would be very inspiring.” – Buzz Aldrin

16. “If we go back to the moon, we’re guaranteed second, maybe third place because while we are spending all that money, Russia has its eye on Mars. Landing people on the moon will be terribly consuming of resources we don’t have. It sounds great – ‘Let’s go back. This time we’re going to stay.’ I don’t know why you would want to stay on the moon.” – Buzz Aldrin

17. “I still say, Shoot for the moon; you might get there.” – Buzz Aldrin

18. “Retain the vision for space exploration. If we turn our backs on the vision again, we’re going to have to live in a secondary position in human space flight for the rest of the century.” – Buzz Aldrin

19. “There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.” – Buzz Aldrin


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20. “I wrote ‘Reaching for the Moon’ because I wanted to tell kids that all of us have a moon, a dream, that we can strive for. Even if you don’t attain it, you can at least reach for it.” – Buzz Aldrin


21. “I think both the space shuttle program and the International Space Station program have not really lived up to their expectations.” – Buzz Aldrin

22. “Before deciding what to do about national space policy, Obama set up an outside review panel of space experts, headed up by my friend Norm Augustine, former head of Lockheed Martin and a former government official.” – Buzz Aldrin

23. “Mars, we know, was once wet and warm. Was it home to life? And what can living and learning to work on its rust-colored surface teach us about the future of our own planet, Earth? Answering those mysteries may hold the key to our future.” – Buzz Aldrin

24. “Nobody cares about the bronze or silver medals.” – Buzz Aldrin

25. “A family needs to work as a team, supporting each other’s individual aims and aspirations.” – Buzz Aldrin

26. “The pilgrims on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. To my knowledge, they didn’t wait around for a return trip to Europe. You settle someplace with a purpose. If you don’t want to do that, stay home. You avoid an awful lot of risks by not venturing outward.” – Buzz Aldrin

27. “I’m sure that there are places in the deserts in Australia that could be similar to where we might want to go on Mars.” – Buzz Aldrin

28. “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the Moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.” – Buzz Aldrin

29. “Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don’t have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what’s going on and what you should be involved in.” – Buzz Aldrin


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30. “I think the American Dream used to be achieving one’s goals in your field of choice – and from that, all other things would follow. Now, I think the dream has morphed into the pursuit of money: Accumulate enough of it, and the rest will follow.” – Buzz Aldrin


31. “Exploring and colonizing Mars can bring us new scientific understanding of climate change, of how planet-wide processes can make a warm and wet world into a barren landscape. By exploring and understanding Mars, we may gain key insights into the past and future of our own world.” – Buzz Aldrin

32. “Mars is far more attractive as an outpost colony for earthlings than the moon is.” – Buzz Aldrin

33. “I’ve led a life of such structured discipline and always had a goal in mind of knowing what I was doing, from West Point to the Air Force combat, MIT, looking for new things to study and get involved in. And then I got into the space program, and how disciplined can you get?” – Buzz Aldrin

34. “Computers allow us to squeeze the most out of everything, whether it’s Google looking up things, so I guess that tends to make us a little lazy about reading books and doing things the hard way to understand how those things work.” – Buzz Aldrin

35. “Space tourism is a logical outgrowth of the adventure tourist market.” – Buzz Aldrin

36. “The biggest benefit of Apollo was the inspiration it gave to a growing generation to get into science and aerospace.” – Buzz Aldrin

37. “I think it’s inevitable that there will be Earthlings establishing a presence on Mars. And I would say that it would certainly take place by 2050 or shortly thereafter.” – Buzz Aldrin

38. “There’s a historical milestone in the fact that our Apollo 11 landing on the moon took place a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight.” – Buzz Aldrin

39. “I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.” – Buzz Aldrin


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40. “There are always door openings. And gradually, it accumulates. The opportunities open up in front of you.” – Buzz Aldrin


41. “Maybe it was the challenge of flight, the opportunity to fly, the competition of summer camp, and the inspiration and discipline of West Point. I think all of those things helped me to develop a dedication and inspired me to get ahead.” – Buzz Aldrin

42. “When I was a little kid, we only knew about our nine planets. Since then, we’ve downgraded Pluto but have discovered that other solar systems and stars are common. So life is probably quite prevalent.” – Buzz Aldrin

43. “Does it make sense for the U.S. to expend hundreds of billions of dollars to mount a new Apollo-style program to return to the moon? Or have we blazed that trail? Shouldn’t we help other nations achieve this goal with their own resources but with our help?” – Buzz Aldrin

44. “Look at what Silicon Valley has done – the advance of computers.” – Buzz Aldrin

45. “Is the destiny of the human species to sit back and play with our mouse and computer and imagine, fantasize?” – Buzz Aldrin

46. “Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding – yet beautiful – Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.” – Buzz Aldrin

47. “Timing has always been a key element in my life. I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.” – Buzz Aldrin

48. “Extraordinary observations require extraordinary evidence.” – Buzz Aldrin

49. “We need the next generation to be motivated and to push technological boundaries, to seek out new innovations.” – Buzz Aldrin

50. “As someone who flew two space capsules and twice landed in the ocean, I can attest from personal experience how much logistics work is needed to get you home.” – Buzz Aldrin



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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