First Man (2018) quotes

Director
Damien Chazelle.

Cast
Ryan Gosling.
Claire Foy.
Jason Clarke.

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

I don’t know what space exploration will uncover, but I don’t think it’ll be exploration just for the sake of exploration. I think it’ll be more the fact that it allows us to see things. That maybe we should have seen a long time ago. But just haven’t been able to until now.
– Neil Armstrong

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
– Neil Armstrong

Mom, what’s wrong?
– Older Rick Armstrong
Nothing, honey. Your dad’s going to the Moon.
– Janet Armstrong
Okay. Can I go outside?
– Older Rick Armstrong

Jan, you have to trust us. We’ve got this under control.
– Deke Slayton
No, you don’t. All these protocols and procedures to make it seem like you have it under control. But you’re a bunch of boys making models out of balsa wood! You don’t have anything under control!
– Janet Armstrong

It’ll be an adventure.
– Janet Armstrong

Neil, I was sorry to hear about your daughter.
– Pete Conrad
I’m sorry, is there a question?
– Neil Armstrong
What I… What I mean is… Do you think it’ll have an effect?
– Pete Conrad
I think it would be unreasonable to assume that it wouldn’t have some effect.
– Neil Armstrong

I’m just saying what you’re thinking.
– Buzz Aldrin
Maybe you shouldn’t.
– Neil Armstrong

Pat doesn’t have a husband. Those kids, they don’t have a father anymore. Do you understand what that means? What are the chances that’s going to be Ricky and Mark? And I can’t tell them that their dad spent the last few minutes packing his briefcase! You’re gonna sit them down. Both of them. And you’re going to prepare them for the fact that you might not ever come home. You’re doing that. You. Not me. I’m done.
– Janet Armstrong

Why do you think space flight is important?
– Deke Slayton
I had a few opportunities in the X-15 to observe the atmosphere. It was so thin, such a small part of the Earth that you could barely see it at all. And when you’re down here in the crowd and you look up, it looks pretty big and you don’t think about it too much. But when you get a different vantage point it changes your perspective.
– Neil Armstrong

Do you think you’re coming back?
– Older Rick Armstrong
We have real confidence in the mission, and there are some risks, but we have every intention of coming back.
– Neil Armstrong
But you might not?
– Older Rick Armstrong