Mars Quotes


  • Know you why the robin’s breast
    Gleameth of a dusky red
    Like the lustre mid the stars
    Of the potent planet Mars?
    o Paul Hamilton Hayne, “Why the Robin’s Breast Is Red” in Poems of Paul Hamilton Hayne (1882), p. 370.

  • Mars is essentially in the same orbit… Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.
    o Vice President Dan Quayle, Hawaii, 8/11/89 (interview broadcast on CNN, referenced in 9/1/89 Washington Post article: “A Quayle Vision of Mars”)

  • The Mars we had found was just a big moon with a thin atmosphere and no life. There were no martians, no canals, no water, no plants, no surface characteristics that even faintly resembled Earth’s.
    o Bruce Murray, contemplating the findings of Mariner 4 in Journey into Space: The First Thirty Years of Space Exploration (1989).

  • [In 2057] we should be celebrating 20 years of man on Mars.
    o NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin, (September 28, 2007), discussing NASA’s aim to put a man on Mars by 2037.[1]

  • Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.
    o Orson Welles, The War of the Worlds (broadcast October 30, 1938).

  • Fly me to the moon
    And let me play among the stars
    Let me know what Spring is like
    On Jupiter and Mars
    In other words, hold my hand
    In other words, darling kiss me.
    o Kaye Ballard, Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) (1954). Note: These lyrics were popularized by Frank Sinatra in the 1960s.

  • And you get in your car and drive real far
    And you drive all night and then you see a light
    And it comes right down and it lands on the ground
    And out comes the man from Mars
    And you try to run but he’s got a gun
    And he shoots you dead and he eats your head
    And then you’re in the man from Mars
    You go out at night eating cars…
    o Blondie, Rapture (1981).


  • Mars is there, waiting to be reached.
    o Buzz Aldrin

  • I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.
    o Buzz Aldrin

  • It’s going to be a bummer if Mars turns out to be like us.
    o Newt Gingrich

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