Top 22 Katherine Johnson Quotes


Katherine Johnson is an African-American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of first and subsequent U.S. manned spaceflights. During her 35 years career at NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations & helped the space agency pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. So after some intro, here is a list of some of the famous Katherine Johnson quotes that will inspire you.

1. “Men don’t pay attention to small things.” Katherine Johnson

2. “Like what you do, and then you will do your best.” Katherine Johnson

3. “Everything is physics and math.” Katherine Johnson

4. “I was just excited to have challenging work to do and smart people to work with.” Katherine Johnson

5. “Take all the courses in your curriculum. Do the research. Ask questions. Find someone doing what you are interested in! Be curious!” Katherine Johnson

6. “We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.” Katherine Johnson

7. “I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to the church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed… anything that could be counted, I did.” Katherine Johnson

8. “Our teachers made such a difference – all my teachers and professors were very supportive and nurturing. “Katherine Johnson

9. “I had a very, very interesting childhood, but, oh my, education was the primary focus in our family.” Katherine Johnson

10. “In math, you’re either right or you’re wrong.” Katherine Johnson

11. “We needed to be assertive as women in those days – assertive and aggressive – and the degree to which we had to be that way depended on where you were. I had to be.” Katherine Johnson

12. “Go see ‘Hidden Figures,’ and take a young person! It will give a more positive outlook on what is possible if you work hard, do your best, and are prepared.” Katherine Johnson

13. “I like to learn. That’s an art and a science.” Katherine Johnson

14. “Many professors tell you that you’d be good at this or that, but they don’t always help you with that career path.” Katherine Johnson

15. “Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.” Katherine Johnson

16. “I was excited at something new, always liked something new, but give credit to everybody who helped. I didn’t do anything alone but try to go to the root of the question and succeeded there.” Katherine Johnson

17. “Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I’ll do it backward and tell you when to take off.” Katherine Johnson

18. “I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.” Katherine Johnson

19. “I’m always interested in learning something new.” Katherine Johnson

20. “I see a picture right now that’s not parallel, so I’m going to go straighten it. Things must be in order.” Katherine Johnson

21. “Everything was so new – the whole idea of going into space was new and daring. There were no textbooks, so we had to write to them.” Katherine Johnson

22. “John Glenn’s life will long be remembered for his time in space, his courage, and his service to all Americans.” Katherine Johnson

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