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 Clyde Tombaugh - “You wonder about it and wonder how will I make an instrument that can handle this kind of a problem.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “When the temperature is freezing, it's a bit hard on your fingers, but I was interested in putting down what I saw. And that's what paid off.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “When I was in the fourth grade, I became intensely interested in geography and I learned it well.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil in hand at the telescope. You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “The planets are never the same twice, they're always different, so they could compare the markings I had drawn with their current photographs and they knew that I was drawing what I was really seeing and it wasn't copied from somewhere.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “That's the way I got along in life. I don't ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can't do it myself, I don't deserve to get it.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I was interested in telescopes and the way they worked because I had an intense desire to see what things looked like, so I learned how to use telescopes and find things in the sky.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I used to believe there were people on Mars, and of course now we know there aren't. Mars held particular interest. I was curious what kind of beings they would look like.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I shed many a tear when the steam engines went out of style on the railroads. I'd like to seem them come back, but I realize the diesels are more efficient.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I have a lot of sympathy for young people because I realize how disturbed I was. How would I deal with life in the future What would I do for a living”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study of trigonometry for the fun of it Well I did.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “Although my early equipment was very modest, later I made my own and they were more powerful.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “Well I realized it more later and then I felt a little bit more proud of myself that I had done better than I thought I was doing.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I used to think about how nice it would be to visit the planets. Of course, I didn't expect to see in my lifetime what has happened. I knew it would happen some day, but it came along faster than I at first thought.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “A person that much interested in science is going to neglect his social life somewhat, but not completely, because that isn't healthy either. So one has to work it out according to one's own inclinations, how one wants to proportion these things.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “We were suddenly faced with the necessity of training a lot of young men in the art of navigation.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I guess they just took it for granted that that was what I was interested in and let nature take its course.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “To me, the noise of a threshing machine is better music than a lot of music I hear nowadays. I took a man's place in the threshing crew when I was only 14 years old.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “How does a pansy, for example, select the ingredients from soil to get the right colors for the flower Now there's a great miracle. I think there's a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I guess the two things I was most interested in were telescopes and steam engines. My father was an engineer on a threshing rig steam engine and I loved the machinery.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “You have to have hope. Otherwise, I don't think you could handle it. Of course, you have to have both luck and pluck to make it.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I think the driving thing was curiosity about the universe. That fascinated me. I didn't think anything about being famous or anything like that, I was just interested in the concepts involved.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “By the time I was in sixth grade I could bound every country in the world from memory.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “I thought I'd better check this third plate, which is another date, see if there's an image there in the right place that would be consistent with the images on the other plates. That was the final proof.”
 Clyde Tombaugh - “You have to compete with others in the field. Sometimes the competition gets pretty fierce because you're competing for funds or grants to do your work, the financial work.”

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