A sampling of quotes from John Glenn:
"We are placed here with certain talents and capabilities. It is up to each of us to use those talents and capabilities as best you can. If you do that, I think there is a power greater than any of us that will place the opportunities in our way, and if we use our talents properly, we will be living the kind of life we should live." — At NASA news conference in 1959 to introduce the Mercury 7 astronauts.
"Zero-G and I feel fine." — While in orbit in 1962.
"Don't tune out, cop out or drop out. Don't give in to complacency and cynicism. Don't ignore what is bad, but concentrate on building what is good. Don't take America and the values reflected in our form of government for granted. And never forget that in our democracy, the government is not 'them' — it is 'us.'" — Announcing his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 1997.
"To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible." — On his second flight on space shuttle Discovery in 1998 at the age of 77.
"We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves." — Keynote address at Ohio State University's commencement in 2009.