73+ Chris Hadfield Quotes On Space, Exploration And Inspiration

Top 10 Chris Hadfield Quotes (BEST)

  1. Our role is to develop techniques that allow us to provide emergency life-saving procedures to injured patients in an extreme, remote environment without the presence of a physician.
  2. Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk.
  3. Focus on the journey, not on arriving at a certain destination.
  4. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that.
  5. The cool things about space is when you put your pants on here, you can put them on two legs at a time.
  6. Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it's starting a new business, whether it's leaving home, whether it's getting married, or whether it's flying in space.
  7. No one ever accomplished anything great sitting down.
  8. In any field, it's a plus if you view criticism as potentially helpful advice rather than as a personal attack.
  9. From space, the Bahamas is the most beautiful place on Earth.
  10. The Bahamas are gorgeous. The deep trench in the ocean floor called the Tongue of the Ocean, which comes between the islands, is the most beautiful deep indigo colour.

Chris Hadfield Short Quotes

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  • Sweat the small stuff. Without letting anyone see you sweat.
  • Good leadership means leading the way, not hectoring other people to do things your way.
  • I've had a chance to fly a lot of different airplanes, but it was nothing like the shuttle ride.
  • You can't change the bricks, and together, you still have to build a wall.
  • We are not machines exploring the universe, we are people.
  • Don`t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don`t want to become
  • I wasn’t destined to be an astronaut. I had to turn myself into one.
  • Most budget airlines anywhere in the world are going to leave you dissatisfied after using them.
  • Remember, nobody changes the world on their own.
  • "What's the next thing that's going to kill me?" is a mantra for pilots and astronauts.

Chris Hadfield Quotes On Space

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I'm really looking forward to it, if you can imagine floating weightless, watching the world pour by through the big bay window of the space station playing a guitar; just a tremendous place to think about where we are in history. — Chris Hadfield

The rough and ready improvisational quality to life on board the International Space Station is reminiscent of a long trip in a sailboat: privacy and fresh produce are in short supply, hygiene is basic, and a fair amount of the crew's time is spent just on maintaining and repairing the craft. — Chris Hadfield

Doing a space walk. It is one of the most rare human experiences. To leave your spaceship and go outside, so that you are alone in the universe with Earth distant and the universe around you. That is amazing. — Chris Hadfield

I want to know: How does a space suit on Mars work? Show me how it is pressurized, and how it is cooled. What's the glove design? None of that stuff can be bought off the rack. It does not exist. You can't just go to SpaceMart and buy those things. — Chris Hadfield

I've been lucky enough to fly to space twice. — Chris Hadfield

There is a sunrise or a sunset from space every 92 minutes so there is an incredible amount of beauty to see from up there. — Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine. — Chris Hadfield

Competence means keeping your head in a crisis, sticking with a task even when it seems hopeless, and improvising good solutions to tough problems when every second counts. It encompasses ingenuity, determination and being prepared for anything. — Chris Hadfield

Success is feeling good about the work you do throughout the long, unheralded journey that may or may not wind up at the launch pad. You can't view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It's got to be an end in itself. — Chris Hadfield

My favourite city is Moscow, because of its history, which I find fascinating. As I learned to speak Russian, it made it even more interesting. — Chris Hadfield

Fatherhood is the unending imperfect task of turning yourself into your dad while secretly maintaining the unbridled elation of your boyhood — Chris Hadfield

Life off Earth is in two important respects not at all unworldly: you can choose to focus on the surprises and pleasures, or the frustrations. And you can choose to appreciate the smallest scraps of experience, the everyday moments, or to value only the grandest, most stirring ones. — Chris Hadfield

My favourite city for nightlife is Toronto, as it has such a multicultural feel, with so many different restaurants and theatres. — Chris Hadfield

Preparation is not only about managing external risks, but about limiting the likelihood that you'll unwittingly add to them. When you're the author of your own fate, you don't want to write a tragedy. Aside from anything else, the possibility of a sequel is nonexistent. — Chris Hadfield

Our three big emergencies are fire, loss of pressurization or contaminated atmosphere. Any of those things in a spaceship are very deadly and time critical. Everybody's trained, but I'm the commander of the ship, and it's up to me to decide. — Chris Hadfield

It is spectacular. From about five minutes in, when we knew for sure that we were going to have the weather to go, the smile on my face just got bigger and bigger, and I was just beaming through the whole launch. I mean, it is just an amazing ride. — Chris Hadfield

Square astronaut, round hole. But somehow, I'd managed to push myself through it, and here was the truly amazing part: along the way, I'd become a good fit. It had only taken 21 years. — Chris Hadfield

People tend to think astronauts have the courage of a superhero - or maybe the emotional range of a robot. But in order to stay calm in a high-stress, high-stakes situation, all you really need is knowledge. Sure, you might still feel a little nervous or stressed or hyper-alert. But what you won't feel is terrified. — Chris Hadfield

It's almost comical that astronauts are stereotyped as daredevils and cowboys. As a rule, we're highly methodical and detail-oriented. Our passion isn't for thrills but for the grindstone, and pressing our noses to it. — Chris Hadfield

Scientific literacy is one of the underpinnings of everything I do. It's why I work with schools. It's why I teach at university. I do a lot of outreach to try and improve general scientific literacy, but the core of all scientific literacy is just literacy. — Chris Hadfield

The Moon has given us months, tides and a destination that ever-beckons. It's time we build a rocket and go to stay. — Chris Hadfield

It's like being a newborn, this sudden sensory overload of noise, color, smells and gravity after months of quietly floating, encased in relative calm and isolation. No wonder babies cry in protest when they're born. — Chris Hadfield

When I stand on the edge of a cliff or right at the edge of a building or something, it's one of the few things that gives me kind of a deep, overwhelming, irrational fear where it affects my physiology. — Chris Hadfield

Do your homework in advance about the actual travel details so transportation issues do not define your holiday. — Chris Hadfield

I guarantee if you walk into 100 spider webs, you will have changed your fundamental human behavior. And you can apply this to anything, And figure out a way to reprogram yourself, to change your primal fear. — Chris Hadfield

I'm not a wealthy person and I don't think that I would be able to prioritize that much money to go for a ride to a place that I have already lived. But if the price comes down or I win a lottery or something, why not? — Chris Hadfield

Imbibe three or four times as much water as you think you need and skip at least one, if not two meals, when you are travelling. You should arrive at your destination feeling slightly hungry and your digestive system reset. — Chris Hadfield

It's not enough to shelve your own competitive streak. You have to try, consciously, to help others succeed. Some people feel this is like shooting themselves in the foot - why aid someone else in creating a competitive advantage? I don't look at it that way. Helping someone else look good doesn't make me look worse. In fact, it often improves my own performance, particularly in stressful situations. — Chris Hadfield

As I have discovered again and again, things are never as bad (or as good) as they seem at the time. — Chris Hadfield

If you haven't learned to ride a bike by the time your peer group has, then suddenly it's an embarrassment and you'll avoid opportunities where you're expected to ride a bike. And then it starts shaping your behaviour. Reading is much subtler, but much more destructive if you have not - for whatever reason - learned to read by the time you should. — Chris Hadfield

To me, it's simple: if you've got the time, use it to get ready. What else could you possibly have to do that's more important? Yes, maybe you'll learn how to do a few things you'll never wind up actually needing to do, but that's a much better problem to have than needing to do something and having no clue where to start. — Chris Hadfield

So without that Canadian invention we were grounded. And so that was a really important and key part of the mission and Canadians should take real pride in it. — Chris Hadfield

It’s not enough to shelve your own competitive streak. You have to try, consciously, to help others succeed. — Chris Hadfield

The Nile, draining out into the Mediterranean. The bright lights of Cairo announce the opening of the north-flowing river’s delta, with Jerusalem’s answering high beams to the northeast. This 4,258 mile braid of human life, first navigated end-to-end in 2004, is visible in a single glance from space. — Chris Hadfield

To me, it's not about being anywhere, but being able to change my perceptions and experience something new. — Chris Hadfield

My optimism and confidence come not from feeling I'm luckier than other mortals, and they sure don't come from visualizing victory. They're the result of a lifetime spent visualizing defeat and figuring out how to prevent it. Like most astronauts, I'm pretty sure that I can deal with what life throws at me because I've thought about what to do if things go wrong, as well as right. That's the power of negative thinking. — Chris Hadfield

By looking at the difference between perceived danger and actual danger, you can fundamentally change your reaction. — Chris Hadfield

Anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve them is actually the opposite of worrying: it's productive. — Chris Hadfield

In my experience, fear comes from not knowing what to expect and not feeling you have any control over what’s about to happen. When you feel helpless, you’re far more afraid than you would be if you knew the facts. — Chris Hadfield

The danger is different from the fear. ... [practice] what to do if things go wrong, as well as right. — Chris Hadfield

Still, I also know that most people, including me, tend to applaud the wrong things: the showy, dramatic record-setting sprint rather than the years of dogged preparation or the unwavering grace displayed during a string of losses. Applause, then, never bore much relation to the reality of my life as an astronaut, which was not all about, or even mostly about, flying around in space. — Chris Hadfield

Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction — Chris Hadfield

The emotional build-up and anticipation if you travel at Christmas can make it harder to enjoy a trip. I think sometimes it is better to travel outside of conventional holiday times for that reason. — Chris Hadfield

Every single day you're the result of what you did on the days prior. — Chris Hadfield

If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you're setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. — Chris Hadfield

There's really just one thing I can control: my attitude during the journey, which is what keeps me feeling steady and stable, and what keeps me headed in the right direction. So I consciously monitor and correct, if necessary, because losing attitude would be far worse than not achieving my goal. — Chris Hadfield

Our training pushes us to develop a new set of instincts: instead of reacting to danger with a fight-or-flight adrenaline rush, we're trained to respond unemotionally by immediately prioritizing threats and methodically seeking to defuse them. We go from wanting to bolt for the exit to wanting to engage and understand what's going wrong, then fix it. — Chris Hadfield

There is no problem so bad that you cannot make it worse — Chris Hadfield

Early success is a terrible teacher. You're essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can't do it. You don't know how. — Chris Hadfield

When you have some skills but don't fully understand your environment, there is no way you can be a plus one. At best, you can be a zero. But a zero isn't a bad thing to be. You're competent enough not to create problems or make more work for everyone else. And you have to be competent, and prove to others that you are, before you can be extraordinary. There are no short-cuts, unfortunately. — Chris Hadfield

Spaceflight isn't just about doing experiments, it's about an extension of human culture. — Chris Hadfield

Loneliness... has very little to do with location. It's a state of mind. In the centre of every city are some of the loneliest people in the world... because our whole planet was just outside the window, I felt even more... connected to the seven billion other people. — Chris Hadfield

It's good to have a fear of heights. I mean, it's kind of crazy not to because if you just lean out a little bit and there's a gust of wind or somebody bumps you or something and you fall, you're splat. — Chris Hadfield

Life Lessons by Chris Hadfield

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  1. Chris Hadfield's work as an astronaut has taught us that dedication and hard work can lead to incredible accomplishments.
  2. His work has also shown us the importance of taking risks and having the courage to pursue our dreams.
  3. Finally, his work has demonstrated the potential of human exploration and the power of collaboration and teamwork.

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