When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential.

full moon overhead

Can the inspiration of scientific discovery help us solve our greatest problems?

I understand the arguments about how the billions of dollars spent to put men on the moon could have been used to fight poverty and hunger on Earth. But, look, I’m a scientist who sees inspiration as the ultimate tool for doing good.

When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential, which is how our greatest problems will eventually be solved.

Give yourself permission to dream.


by Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008)
from The Last Lecture
Chapter: Dream Big

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One Response to “When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential.”

  1. Abimbola Says:

    Randy Pausch was my hero.

    Pausch “The Last Lecture” was a testament to his brilliance, humour and courage.

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