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Quotation by John Gillespie Magee
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings ... And while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high, untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee (c. 1922–1941), U.S.-born pilot with Royal Canadian Air Force. High Flight (written 1941).
first and last lines of the sonnet. Magee died while on a bombing mission over Germany. The verse was later quoted by President Ronald Reagan following the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986.
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