If you’re an aviation enthusiast, you’ll love these touching and all-too-true best aviation quotes.
Best Aviation Quotes For The Frequent Flier
“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe.” – Mark Twain, Roughing It
“Sometimes, flying feels too godlike 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, The Spirit of St. Louis, 1953
“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.” – Wilbur Wright, 1905
“You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” – Amelia Earhart
“Gliders, sailplanes, they are wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.” – Neil Armstrong
“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 exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.” – Orville Wright
“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, Footprints On Clouds
“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
“By day, or on a cloudless night, a pilot may drink the wine of the gods, but it has an earthly taste; he’s a god of the earth, like one of the Grecian deities who lives on worldly mountains and descended for intercourse with men. But at night, over a stratus layer, all sense of the planet may disappear. You know that down below, beneath that heavenly blanket is the earth, factual and hard. But it’s an intellectual knowledge; it’s a knowledge tucked away in the mind; not a feeling that penetrates the body. And if at times you renounce experience and mind’s heavy logic, it seems that the world has rushed along on its orbit, leaving you alone flying above a forgotten cloud bank, somewhere in the solitude of interstellar space.” – Charles Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis
“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things …” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.” – John Glenn
“To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” – Anonymous
“How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?” – Charles Lindbergh
“I have the normal desire, experienced by everybody who’s ever flown an airplane with a certain amount of zoom capability, to go a little bit higher and a little bit faster.” – Gordon Cooper, Mercury 9 astronaut, Life magazine, 1959
“I’ll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, ‘This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could. It won’t get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house. But if you treat it with respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you of some things you used to know — that life is in the moment, joy matters more than money, the world is a beautiful place, and that dreams really, truly are possible.’ And then, because airplanes speak in a language beyond words, I’ll take him up in the evening summer sky and let the airplane show him what I mean.” – Lane Wallace, ‘Eyes of a Child,’ Flying magazine, February 2000
“The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.” – Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been, and there you long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
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