Here are some great quotes from the world of aviation:
Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible. Edward V Rickenbacher
“Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are.”
~ Felix Baumgartner
“Although flying is easy enough, it does require for its safe exposition men of more than average steadiness, both of nerve and of character. It requires the type of man who is indifferent to public opinion, who has the courage to appear to be overcautious, and who has the will to refrain from flying even when greatly desiring to fly.”
— Gustav Hamel and Charles C. Turner, Flying: Some Practical Experiences, 1914.
“When you’re in a high performance airplane, you really have to—despite what might be happening in your personal life or things with your job, or things on the ground—you really have to focus on what you’re doing right now.”
— Scott Kelly, Commander of the International Space Station
“In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” – Amelia Earhart
“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.
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
If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport. George Winters
There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings. Wilbur Wright
No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once. Otto Lilienthal, German inventor of the first successful glider, 1893
The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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
Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history. —James Dickey
You haven’t seen a tree until you\’ve seen its shadow from the sky.
— Amelia Earhart
Sometimes, flying feels too God like to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see. — Charles A. Lindbergh
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 highest art form of all is a human being in control of himself and his airplane in flight, urging the spirit of a machine to match his own.” Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“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.” Wilber and Orville Wright
In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks. – Wilbur Wright in a letter to his father, September 1900
Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal the number of take-offs you\’ve made.
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.
Remember, you’re always a student in an airplane
Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.
Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.