- That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
landing on the moon
New York Times 21 July 1969; interference in the transmission obliterated ‘a’ 1930–2012 American astronaut: in
- We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) 1936– American novelist:
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.
: Proverbs ch. 13, v. 19
- That low man seeks a little thing to do,
Sees it and does it:
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
Dies ere he knows it.
That low man goes on adding one to one,
His hundred's soon hit:
This high man, aiming at a million,
Misses an unit.
1812–89 English poet: ‘A Grammarian's Funeral’ (1855) l. 113
- To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.
Sunday Times 27 May 2001 1946– American Republican statesman, 43rd President 2001–9: in
- Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt…Give us the tools and we will finish the job. 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: radio broadcast, 9 February 1941
- None climbs so high as he who knows not whither he is going. 1599–1658 English soldier and statesman; Lord Protector from 1653: attributed
- One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. 1867–1934 Polish-born French physicist: letter to her brother, 18 March 1894
- The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
commenting on the legend that St Denis, carrying his head in his hands, walked two leagues 1697–1780 French literary hostess: letter to Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, 7 July 1763
- Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Essays (1841) ‘Circles’ 1803–82 American philosopher and poet:
- The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
Essays: Second Series (1844) ‘New England Reformers’ 1803–82 American philosopher and poet:
- Seriously, though, he's doing a grand job! 1939–2013 English broadcaster and writer: catch-phrase in ‘That Was The Week That Was’, on BBC Television, 1962–3
- Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
Proper Studies (1927) ‘Note on Dogma’ 1894–1963 English novelist:
- Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me…Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful…that's what matters to me.
Wall Street Journal 25 May 1993 1955–2011 American computer executive: in
- He has, indeed, done it very well; but it is a foolish thing well done.
on Goldsmith's apology in the London Chronicle for assaulting Thomas Evans
Life of Johnson (1791) 3 April 1773 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.
An Encyclopedia of Quotations about Music (1978) 1928– American humorist: N. Shapiro (ed.)
- He who does something at the head of one regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
Collected Works… (1953) vol. 5 1809–65 American statesman, 16th President 1861–5: letter to Major-General David Hunter, 31 December 1861, in R. P. Basler (ed.)
- Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.
1807–82 American poet: ‘The Village Blacksmith’ (1839)
- Fame is an accident; merit a thing absolute.
Mardi (1849) 1819–91 American novelist and poet:
- Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
The Ride Down Mount Morgan (1991) act 1 1915–2005 American dramatist:
- When I was a child, my mother said to me ‘If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
Life with Picasso (1964) pt. 2 1881–1973 Spanish painter: F. Gilot and C. Lake
- Think nothing done while aught remains to do.
Lucan 1763–1855 English poet: ‘Human Life’ (1819) l. 49; see
- If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
Wall Street Journal 29 January 2001 1932– American Republican politician and businessman: ‘Rumsfeld's Rules’; interview in
- There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
Man and Superman (1903) act 4 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.
A Gift for God (1975) 1910–97 Roman Catholic nun and missionary, born in what is now Macedonia of Albanian parentage:
- Anyway, Ma, I made it…Top of the world! 1949 film: last lines, spoken by James Cagney; written by Ivan Goff (1910–99) and Ben Roberts (1916–84)