Quotes From Great Personalities

UFO quotes

Throughout history, great personalities gave their opinion on UFOs, leaving their mark and support in history.

UFO Quotes:

Astronauts and Cosmonauts:

“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth.”
- Colonel Gordon Cooper, Mercury & Gemini Astronaut, (Video) Letter to the United Nations, November 9, 1978
- Colonel Gordon Cooper, Mercury & Gemini Astronaut
“I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real. It has been covered up by governments for quite some time now.”
- Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Video
- Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
“…I’ve been asked (about UFOs) and I’ve said publicly I thought they [UFOs] were somebody else, some other civilization.”
- Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander, LA Times, 1973.
- Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander
“I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. […] It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me – and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.”
- Captain Donald Slayton, Mercury Astronaut, Apollo 14, About
- Captain Donald Slayton, Mercury Astronaut, Apollo 14
“We all know that UFOs are real. All we need to ask is where do they come from.”
- Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
- Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
“Statistically it’s a certainty there are hugely advanced civilizations, intelligence, life forms out there. I believe they’re so advanced they’re even doing interstellar travel. I believe it’s possible they even came here.”
- Dr. Storey Musgrave, NASA Astronaut
- Dr. Storey Musgrave, NASA Astronaut
“Look, I have a pension to worry about. I have a family to take care of, and they told me to just back away from this entirely or else…”
- Astronaut James Irwin, Apollo 15
- Astronaut James Irwin, Apollo 15
“In my official status, I cannot comment on ET contact. However, personally, I can assure you, we are not alone!”
- Charles J. Camarda (Ph.D.), NASA Astronaut
- Charles J. Camarda (Ph.D.), NASA Astronaut
“It followed us during half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away.
[…] Many cosmonauts have seen phenomena which are far beyond the experiences of earthmen. For ten years I never spoke on such things. […] It only flew straight, but then a kind of explosion happened, very beautiful to watch, of golden light. This was the first part. Then, one or two seconds later, a second explosion followed somewhere else and two spheres appeared, golden and very beautiful. After this explosion I just saw white smoke, then a cloud-like sphere.”
- Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev, Commenting on a UFO sighting that occurred while en route to the Solyut 6 space station in April of 1979.
- Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev
“For nearly 50 years, the secrecy apparatus within the United States Government has kept from the public UFO and alien contact information. […] We have contact with alien cultures.”
- Astronaut Dr. Brian O'Leary, 18th September 1994, declarations publicly at the International Forum on New Science in Fort Collins, Colorado
- Astronaut Dr. Brian O'Leary


Presidents and Political:

“The phenomenon of UFOs is real. I know that there are scientific organisations which study the problem. It must be treated seriously.”
- Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Interview in Soviet Youth, May 4th, 1990.
- Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
“I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth.”
- President Harry S. Truman, April 4, 1950, White House Press Conference
- President Harry S. Truman
“The US Air Force assures me that UFOs pose no threat to National Security.”
- President John F. Kennedy
- President John F. Kennedy
“…I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.”
- President Gerald Ford, In a letter he sent as congressman to the Chairman of the Armed Service Committee, March 28, 1966.
- President Gerald Ford
“I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.”
- President Jimmy Carter, At a Southern Governors Conference describing an alleged UFO sighting he had in October of 1969 to reporters while campaigning in 1976.
- President Jimmy Carter
“I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, have you ever seen anything like that? He was shocked and he said, “Nope.” And I said to him: “Let’s follow it!” We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane I told Nancy all about it.” (1) “I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world.” (2)”
- President Ronald Reagan, (1) 1974 (2) Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, 1987.
- President Ronald Reagan
“UFOs defy worldly logic… The human mind cannot begin to comprehend UFO characteristics: their propulsion, their sudden appearance, their disappearance, their great speeds, their silence, their manoeuvre, their apparent anti-gravity, their changing shapes.”
- John Wodehouse, 4th Earl of Kimberley, former Liberal Party spokesman on aerospace, and member of the House of Lords, England, 1979
- John Wodehouse



“Of course it is possible that UFOs really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up. I wouldn’t like to comment on that.”
- Stephen Hawking
“In my mind, there is no question that they’re out there. My career is well established. […] If you want to become a physicist to learn about the unified field theory – you read my books. Therefore, I’m in a position to say: Yes – most likely they are out there, perhaps even visited, perhaps on our moon.”
- Michio Kaku, ABC News Quote
- Michio Kaku
“The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant, considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.”
- Stephen Hawking
- Stephen Hawking
“The life we have on Earth must have spontaneously generated itself. It must therefore be possible for life to generate spontaneously elsewhere in the universe.”
- Stephen Hawking
- Stephen Hawking
“Life doesn’t exist anywhere but earth? That’s like filling a cup with ocean water and saying there aren’t any whales in the ocean.”
- Neil Degrasse Tyson
- Neil Degrasse Tyson
“The UFO phenomenon exists, and this fact alone should represent a challenge to science and not a roadblock.”
- Dr. J. Allen Hynek
- Dr. J. Allen Hynek
“I am completely convinced that UFOs have an out-of-world basis.”
- Dr. Walther Riedel, Chief designer and research director at the German Rocket Center in Peenemunde.
- Dr. Walther Riedel
“It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships from another solar system. There is no doubt in my mind that these objects are interplanetary craft of some sort. I and my colleagues are confident that they do not originate in our solar system.”
- Dr. Hermann Oberth
- Dr. Hermann Oberth
“The least improbable explanation is that these things are artificial and controlled… My opinion for some time has been that they have an extraterrestrial origin.”
- Dr. Maurice Biot, Leading aerodynamicists and mathematical physicist.
- Dr. Maurice Biot
“The possibility of reduced-time interstellar travel either by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations at present or ourselves in the future, is not fundamentally constrained by physical principles.”
- Dr. Harold Puthoff, Director of Institute for advanced studies at Austin, Author of Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics
- Dr. Harold Puthoff
“When the long awaited solution to the UFO problem comes, I believe that it will prove to be not merely the next small step in the march of science, but a mighty and totally unexpected quantum leap.” (1)
“We had a job to do, wether right or wrong, to keep the public from getting excited.” (2)”
- Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Scientific consultant for Air Force Project Blue Book - (1) The Ufo Experience: A Scientific Inquiry, 1972 · (2) On camera shortly before his death in 1985
- Dr. J. Allen Hynek



“Since 1947, approximately 2,000 official reports of sightings have been received and of these, about 20% are as yet unexplained.”
- General Walter Bedell Smith, Director of the CIA, 1952
- General Walter Bedell Smith
“We have no aircraft on this earth that can at will so handily outdistance our latest jets… The pilots, radar specialists, generals, industrialists, scientists, and the man on the street who have told me “I wouldn’t have believed it either if I hadn’t seen it myself.” knew what they were talking about. Maybe the Earth is being visited by interplanetary space ships.”
- Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, Chief of Project Blue Book, from his book, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, 1956
- Captain Edward J. Ruppelt
“We had a number of reports from reputable individuals (well-educated serious-minded folks, scientists and fliers) who surely saw something. Many of the mysteries might be explained away as weather balloons, stars, reflected lights, all sorts of odds and ends. I don’t mean to say that, in the unclosed and unexplained or unexplainable instances, those were actually flying objects. All I can say is that no natural phenomena could be found to account for them… Repeat again: There were some cases we could not explain. Never could.”
- General Curtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff, 1965
- General Curtis LeMay
“We have, indeed, been contacted – perhaps even visited – by extraterrestrial beings, and the U.S. government, in collusion with the other national powers of the earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.”
- Victor Marchetti, Former CIA official, 1979
- Victor Marchetti
“It is impossible to deny any more the existence of flying saucers at the present time… The flying saucer is not a ghost from another dimension or a mysterious dragon. It is a fact confirmed by material evidence. There are thousands of documents, photos, and sighting reports demonstrating its existence.”
- Brigadier General João Adil Oliveira, Chief of the Air Force General Staff Information Service of Brazil, 1958
- Brigadier General João Adil Oliveira
“More than 10,000 sightings have been reported, the majority of which cannot be accounted for by any ‘scientific’ explanation… I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nation on earth. I can therefore see no alternative to accepting the theory that they come from some extraterrestrial source.”
- Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief of RAF Fighter Command of England, 1954
- Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding
“I myself have observed one [UFO] for more than an hour… It was an extremely bright object, which remained stationary there for that length of time and then shot off towards Egea de los Caballeros, covering the distance of twenty kilometers in less than two seconds. No human device is capable of such a speed.”
- General Carlos Castro Cavero, General in the Spanish Air Force, 1976
- General Carlos Castro Cavero
“Unknown objects are operating under intelligent control… It is imperative that we learn where UFOs come from and what their purpose is…” (1)
“Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe that unknown flying objects are nonsense.” (2)”
- Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, First Director of the CIA, 1947-1950 - (1) Statement for National Investigations Comimittee on Aerial Phenomena, 1960 · (2) New York Times, February 28, 1960
- Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter
“Of course UFOs are real, and they are interplanetary. The cumulative evidence for the existence of UFOs is quite overwhelming and I accept the fact of their existence.”
- Air Chief Marshall Lord Hugh Dowding, Commanding Officer of the Royal Air Force during WWII - Quoted by Reuters, August 1954
- Air Chief Marshall Lord Hugh Dowding
“The Air Force had put out a secret order for its pilots to capture UFOs. For the last six months we have been working with a congressional committee investigating official secrecy concerning proof that UFOs are real machines under intelligent control.”
- Marine Corps Major Donald E. Keyhoe, During a live TV broadcast on CBS in 1958 in which he was pulled from the air when he began to deviate from the prepared format of the programme.
- Marine Corps Major Donald E. Keyhoe
“Flying saucers are real. Too many good men have seen them, that don’t have hallucinations.”
- Captain Eddie Rickenbacker
- Captain Eddie Rickenbacker
“Let there be no doubt. Alien technology harvested from the infamous saucer crash in Roswell, N.Mex., in July 1947 led directly to the development of the integrated circuit chip, laser and fibre optic technologies, particle beams, electromagnetic propulsion systems, depleted uranium projectiles, stealth capabilities, and many others.
How do I know? I was in charge! I think the kids on this planet are wise to the truth, and I think we ought to give it to them. I think they deserve it.”
- Colonel Philip Corso, Former head of the Foreign Technology Desk for United States Army Research and Development, National Security Council member, Eisenhower Administration - On camera shortly before his death, 1998
- Colonel Philip Corso
“I’ve been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are real and interplanetary. In other words, we are being watched by beings from outer space.”
- Albert M. Chop, Deputy public relations director, NASA - True Magazine, January 1965
- Albert M. Chop
“Unidentified Flying Objects are entering our atmosphere at very high speeds and obviously under intelligent control. We must solve this riddle without delay.”
- Rear Admiral Delmar Fahrney, USNR - Letter to NICAP, 1956.
- Rear Admiral Delmar Fahrney
“We must insist upon full access to disks recovered. For instance, in the La case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination.”
- J. Edgar Hoover, First Director of the FBI - Memorandum July 10, 1947.
- J. Edgar Hoover
“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity… anything you can imagine we already know how to do.”
- Ben Rich, Former Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works - Shortly before his death, 1995
- Ben Rich
“You now face a new world, a world of change. We speak in strange terms, of harnessing the cosmic energy, of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy.” “The nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets.”
- General Douglas MacArthur, First Director of the FBI, October 8 - 1955, New York Times.
- General Douglas MacArthur
“This ‘flying saucer’ situation is not at all imaginary or seeing too much in some natural phenomena. Something is really flying around. The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”
- General Nathan Twining, US Air Force, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1955-1958 - Classified letter, September 23, 1947
- General Nathan Twining, US Air Force
“The evidence that there are objects which have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our scientists, seems to me to be overwhelming. A very large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable.
It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many instances have been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another.”
- Baron Hill Norton
“… I made an effort to find out what was in the building at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where the information is stored that has been collected by the Air Force, and I was understandably denied this request. It is still classified above top secret.”
- Senator Barry Goldwater, In a letter dated March 28, 1975
- Senator Barry Goldwater