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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, 'Perspectives,' 1966

  • "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, 'Slide Rule'.

  • "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, 'A Serious Call to a Devout and Holly Life XI,' 1728.

  • "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 St-Exup?ry, 'Wind, Sand, and Stars,' 1939.

  • "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, 'New York Times,' 21 July 1969, regards the first moon-landing.

  • "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, 'North to the Orient,' 1935

  • "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, 'Alone in the Sky' 1979.

  • "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, on the importance of space travel, 10 February 1958.

  • "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, 'Autobiography of Values.'



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