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All Quotes by author - Mae Jemison
" A big part of engaging kids in science is not getting the single, correct answer; it's being willing to work with students to discover the correct answer. "
" For me, it was really a childhood dream coming true. It's sort of where the fantasy led reality, and then I got to be on the Starship Enterprise anyway. And the cool thing was - is I was the only person on this bridge who had actually been in space. "
" I'd love to go into space again if there were a mission to Mars. I'd also love to go to a completely different planetary system, out of our solar system. "
" I like to think of ideas as potential energy. They're really wonderful, but nothing will happen until we risk putting them into action. "
" I'm not somebody who gets teared up or anything, but I still look up at the stars, and it gives me hope, and it gives me energy. I think one of the things that we have to think about it is, we are all a part of this universe. "
" In fourth grade, I was interested in all areas of science. I particularly loved learning about how the earth was created. "
" Intuitive versus analytical? That's a foolish choice. It's foolish, just like trying to choose between being realistic or idealistic. You need both in life. "
" I think science fiction helps us think about possibilities, to speculate - it helps us look at our society from a different perspective. It lets us look at our mores, using science as the backdrop, as the game changer. "
" I've gotten this advice at different times, and it distills down to one word: purpose. Why are you here? When you start to get distracted by thoughts such as 'Do I fit in? Does this person like me?' - remember why you're there and what you want to accomplish. "
" I want to make sure that that future that we're creating is one that is the best it can be for people around the world, and also one that includes the full range of our talent and our skills - and, you know, gender and ethnicity, geography - to solving the world's problems. "
" I was thinking as a little girl growing up that I would be there. When I look at whether we can go to Mars, it's definitely something we can do. "
" My perspective is the Earth will be here. It just may not be habitable to our life form. We get confused. We think we're the center of everything. "
" People put themselves in difficult situations in lots of different areas. What you count on is people taking every precaution. The aerospace industry is unique in this aspect because a thousandths-of-an-inch mistake can cause spectacular failures. "
" Some of the most fun people I know are scientists. "
" Sometimes people ask me how difficult the astronaut program was, but being in Sierra Leone, being responsible for the health of more than 200 people, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at age 26 - that prepared me to take on a lot of different challenges. "
" The biggest challenge we all face is to learn about ourselves and to understand our strengths and weaknesses. We need to utilize our strengths, but not so much that we don't work on our weaknesses. "
" The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity. "
" The reality is that we know that this universe, that our galaxy, has billions of stars. We know that stars have planets. So the likelihood that there is life somewhere else to me is just absolutely there. "
" The reality is the majority of us will not get off this planet. So the long run is, some kind of space exploration has to benefit us here on Earth. "
" The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe. "
" There is a fascination with the idea that one has 'seen someone else do something' before one can achieve it. Maybe that's true in some cases, but clearly it is not a requirement. I knew what I wanted to do. "
" We are all tasked to balance and optimize ourselves. "
" We have to change the way people look at scientists. Today, they are the nerds, the geeks. Instead, we want some of the cool kids to say, 'Hey, this is all right.' "
" We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn. That's just not true. You just have to start early and give kids a foundation. Kids live up, or down, to expectations. "
" We put water down into the earth to push up gas, then we say, 'Ooh, we're having a water crisis.' This is foolishness, and this kind of foolishness, where we try to excuse human behavior, is dangerous. "
" What we find is that if you have a goal that is very, very far out, and you approach it in little steps, you start to get there faster. Your mind opens up to the possibilities. "
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