40 Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes

Katherine Johnson was an African-American mathematician who has spent more than 35 years working for NASA. We hope Katherine Johnson’s quotes will inspire you to live a life you have dreamed about.

Katherine Johnson was born on August 26, 1918, was an African-American mathematician in NASA. Katherine was also known as a human-computer during the early years of NASA and her intelligence played an important role in the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

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Johnson always wanted to be a research mathematician but it was a difficult field at that time for an African-American or woman to enter. So she started her career as a teacher. At a family gathering in 1952, a relative mentioned that the NACA was hiring mathematicians. So she got the opportunity to live her dream of working as a mathematician in June 1953.

In 2016, Hidden Figures movie was released on her life which won several awards. Katherine’s role was played by Taraji P. Henson, elevating her legacy to a worldwide audience. Katherine was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2019.

Katherine Johnson’s quotes are the source of motivation for many ambitious people who are working hard for their dreams. Here are the collection of inspirational Katherine Johnson quotes for you.

Katherine Johnson Famous Quotes

“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

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

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

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes

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

“I’m just lucky — the Lord likes me and I like him.” – Katherine Johnson

“I felt most proud on the success of the Apollo mission.” – Katherine Johnson

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes

“All jobs are important to somebody. They had to be important to somebody. My theory is, do the best you can all the time. No fooling around.” – Katherine Johnson

“I found what I was looking for at Langley. This was what a research mathematician did. I went to work every day for 33 years happy. Never did I get up and say I don’t want to go to work.” – Katherine Johnson

“We always worked as a team. It’s never just one person.” – Katherine Johnson

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes

“I liked working with smart people.” – Katherine Johnson

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“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

“The women did what they were told to do. They didn’t ask questions or take the task any further. I asked questions; I wanted to know why. They got used to me asking questions and being the only woman there.” – Katherine Johnson

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

“There’s nothing to it; I was just doing my job.” – Katherine Johnson

“Know how to learn. Then, want to learn.” – Katherine Johnson

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 “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

“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

“We had to determine so much. Where you were, where the Moon would be and how fast the astronauts were going.” – Katherine Johnson

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

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

Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes

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

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes Hidden Figures

“We always worked as a team. It’s never just one person.” – Katherine Johnson

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

“We put in some long hours at times, and I had three children at home. But they were very responsible, and I had family and friends who helped look after them.” – Katherine Johnson

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

“My colleagues and I were committed to the work. We found different ways to deal with the segregation.” – Katherine Johnson

“You should always be interested in something.” – Katherine Johnson

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes Hidden Figures

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

“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 

“I believed I was where I was supposed to be.” – Katherine Johnson

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“Follow your passion. Whatever you’re doing, do your best at all times and make it as correct as possible. Work as if someone is watching you. Then you’ll be prepared when an opportunity presents itself. And you’ll have the answers.” – Katherine Johnson

“They needed information and I had it, and it didn’t matter that I found it. At the time, it was just a question and an answer.” – Katherine Johnson

“Girls, some of them are reluctant to ask questions. But if you want to know, you ask the question. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. It’s dumb if you don’t ask it.” – Katherine Johnson

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“I like to work problems. If you do your best, nobody can ask you to do it over again. I never had to repeat what I did.” – Katherine Johnson

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

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

Famous Katherine Johnson Inspirational Quotes Hidden Figures

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

“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

“I entered college; I was 15. I was going to be a math teacher because that was it. You could be a math teacher or a nurse, but I was told I would make a good research mathematician and they had me take all of the courses in the catalog.” – Katherine Johnson

“Everything is physics and math.” – Katherine Johnson

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We hope you have enjoyed reading Katherine Johnson’s quotes. Johnson was an intellectual woman and one of the most genius women of her time. She has inspired many of us to think big and achieve great things.

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