War is not meaningless. War is what democracies use to protect freedom. And freedom is what allows you to talk that sass.[to Adrian]
You can bet the dads in China and Russia and India aren’t too tired to help with a little math homework. You need to know math, kiddo. You could invent the thing that saves the world.[to Erin]
This is classic. As soon as somebody thinks that I am smart, you decide that they are dumb.[to Adrian]
There are risks to every great endeavor. But greatness was never won without suffering, and sacrifice.
The generation that won World War II was exposed to so much awful reality that they made mostly good decisions for a long time after. Forget history, and you are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Forget how bad polio was, people stop taking vaccines. Forget how bad world wars are, people start puffing out their chests. The real enemy is arrogance.
Sometimes you have to lie to people in order to motivate them. Like your promotion or your sabbatical.[to Dr. Wolf]
One thing you learn in the military is that money doesn’t matter. People matter. Thousands of people working tirelessly, day and night. And we may have spent a billion dollars to put one astronaut in a position where they can do something that’ll benefit everybody. And that one astronaut may be a human being who is risking her life in a very dangerous pursuit. A human being who is not doing it for the money, by the way. A human being who is battling fear and exhaustion and uncertainty. And who has been eating dehydrated mac and cheese, mixed with her own filtered urine, for the last month. I want her to have a taste of the Earth. And remember what she’s fighting for.
It’s a simple scientific formula. When a guy as full of BS as Tony calls BS on someone else, that is BS squared.