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The Martian Quotes

17 of the best book quotes from The Martian
  1. #1
    “Sirius 1 was aborted after one hour. I guess you could call it a ‘failure,’ but I prefer the term ‘learning experience.‘”
  2. #2
    “I think about the sheer number of people who pulled together and I can barely comprehend it. My crewmates sacrificed a year of their lives to come back for me.”
  3. #3
    “They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially “colonized” it. So technically, I colonized Mars.”
  4. #4
    “Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill.”
  5. #5
    “You probably think losing a crewman is the worst thing that can happen. Not true. Losing the whole crew is worse. You kept that from happening.”
  6. #6
    “The entire focus of NASA will be to bring Mark Watney home. This will be our overriding and singular obsession until he is either back on Earth or confirmed dead on Mars.”
    author
    Andy Weir
    book
    The Martian
    character
    Mark Watney
    concept
    Heroes
  7. #7
    “It wasn’t your fault. In your position I would have done the same thing. I don’t blame you, and I’m glad you survived.”
  8. #8
    “This was an insane plan and somehow it worked! I’m going to be talking to someone again. I spent three months as the loneliest man in history and it’s finally over.”
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  1. #9
    “I’ve been in mortal danger for months; I’m kind of used to it now. But I’m nervous again. Dying would suck, but my crewmates dying would be way worse.”
    author
    Andy Weir
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    The Martian
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    Mark Watney
    concepts
    DeathLoss
  2. #10
    “I wonder if they’ll ever find out what really happened. I’ve been so busy staying alive I never thought of what this must be like for my parents.”
  3. #11
    “It just goes to show,” Teddy said. “Love of science is universal across all cultures.”
  4. #12
    “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.”
  5. #13
    “They did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. It might not seem that way sometimes, but it’s true.”
  6. #14
    “Mars is a barren wasteland and I am completely alone here. I already knew that, of course. But there’s a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it.”
  7. #15
    “Hey don’t get me wrong, I’m not a mama’s boy or anything. It’s totally manly and normal for me to cling to a letter from my mom.”
    author
    Andy Weir
    book
    The Martian
    character
    Mark Watney
    concept
    Mothers
  8. #16
    “Mark Watney’s prolonged mission and fight for survival are giving us more knowledge about Mars then the rest of the Ares program combined.”
  9. #17
    “I never realized how utterly silent Mars is. It’s a desert world with practically no atmosphere to convey sound. I could hear my own heartbeat.”
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