Of course, as the first man to the walk on the moon, Armstrong is a household name, as is his famous saying: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
For years, language enthusiasts parsed the quote, pointing out that he fluffed the line because “man” and “mankind” mean the same thing. A 2006 analysis of the recording reveals that maybe the “a” was long in transmission, although Armstrong couldn’t recall if he used the article or not.
“I would hope that history would grant me leeway for dropping the syllable and understand that it was certainly intended, even if it wasn’t said—although it might actually have been,” he said in the 2005 biography “First Man.”
Beyond “One small step,” Armstrong offered a number of other quotes over the years that can inspire anyone. Here are 10 of them:
On hard work
“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” – From a 2005 “60 Minutes” interview