Flying Quotes

Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives. - Socrates

 

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. - Leonardo da Vinci

 

My soul is in the sky. - William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Act V. Scene I.

 

The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality. - Louis Bleriot

 

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. - Amelia Earhart

 

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. - Wilbur Wright

 

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death. - Alexander Chase

 

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . - Antoine de St-Exupery

To put your life in danger from time to time... breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities. - Nevil Shute

 

What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains, and studying night and day how to fly? - — William Law

 

Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it. - Samuel Butler

 

The airplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. - Antoine de

 

The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one. - Wendell Willkie

 

We want the air to unite the peoples, and not to divide them. - Lord Swinton

 

Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the ocean of air laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world. - Welch Pogue

 

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle. - Igor Sikorsky

 

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. - Sir James Matthew Barrie

 

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from. - Eric Hoffer

 

No bird ever flew nonstop from New York to Tokyo, or raced 15 miles high at triple the speed of sound. But birds do something else. They do not conquer the air; they romance it. - Peter Garrison

 

Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the air to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands. - Jean Batten

 

It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven. - Wernher von Braun

 

Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes. - Charles A. Lindbergh

 

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. - Amelia Earhart

 

How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. That ground - seconds away - thousands of miles away. - Charles A. Lindbergh

 

There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. - Douglas Adams

 

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. - Orson Welles

 

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. - Gil Stern

 

Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history. - James Dickey

 

O! for a horse with wings! - William Shakespeare

 

The butterfly is a flying flower... - Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

 

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. - Wilbur Wright

 

The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one. - Wendell Willkie

 

Once you have learned to fly your plane, it is far less fatiguing to fly than it is to drive a car. You don't have to watch every second for cats, dogs, children, lights, road signs, ladies with baby carriages and citizens who drive out in the middle of the block against the lights.... Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven. - William T. Piper

 

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death. - Alexander Chase

 

Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers. - Titus Maccius Plautus

 

Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin. - K.O. Eckland

 

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. - Friedrich Nietzsche

 

The bluebird carries the sky on his back. - Henry David Thoreau

 

If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport. - George Winters

 

The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul. - Walter Raleigh

 

Angels can fly because they carry no burdens. – Unknown

 

Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.

 

Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite. - Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra

 

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. - Henry David Thoreau

 

The desire to reach for the sky runs deep in our human psyche. - Cesar Pelli

 

Why fly? Simple. I'm not happy unless there's some room between me and the ground. - Richard Bach

 

This is the first convention of the space age - where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. - Author Unknown

 

I never liked riding in helicopters because there's a fair probability that the bottom part will get going around as fast as the top part. - John Wittenborn

 

In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours - one hour for flying and one hour to get to the airport. - Neil McElroy

 

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. - Leonardo Da Vinci (Thanks, Tommy)

 

The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together. - Bill Gates

 

Given angel's wings, where might you fly?
In what sweet heaven might you find your love?
Unwilling to be bound, where might you move,
Lost between the wonder and the why?...
- Nicholas Gordon

 

Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own. - Louis J. Helle

 

When you think about flying, it's nuts really. Here you are at about 40,000 feet, screaming along at 700 miles an hour and you're sitting there drinking Diet Pepsi and eating peanuts. It just doesn't make any sense. - David Letterman

 

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on. - Jean Kerr

 

I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I'm just soul on a sunbeam. - Richard Bach

 

I think progress began to retrogress when Wilbur and Orville started tinkering around in Dayton and at Kitty Hawk, because I believe that two Wrights made a wrong. - Ogden Nash

 

If black boxes survive air crashes, why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff? - George Carlin

Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly. - Antonio Porchia

 

I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport.... - Amy Johnson

 

My soul is in the sky. - William Shakespeare

 

I always thought that my airplane conveyed a silent sermon. To the earthbound observer, its silhouette was the shape of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. - E.R. Trimble

 

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

 

Now I know why they tell you to put your head between your knees on crash landings. You think you're going to kiss your ass good-bye. - Terry Hanson

 

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further. - Werner von Braun

 

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway. - Mary Kay Ash

 
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