flying Quotes

72 of the best book quotes about flying
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
“I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could there be?”
“There is no more exciting sport than flying, for if you lose, you die.”
“The cat from Spain flew an aeroplane.”
“I will never again be able to fly.”
Every flight begins with a fall.
The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly.
You have married an Icarus; He has flown too close to the sun.
[Father] hung his head for the longest time, staring down at his hands. I could only think of some immortal who had suddenly woken one morning to find himself in a man’s body and realized he was being punished. For the second time in my life, I made an important decision to be with him. “I want to fly too, Father,” I said.
“I was proud of Father for wanting to be a dragon again, and even prouder of the fact that he was now so close to achieving his ambition to fly. I was just sorry that we had not been able to combine his more lofty goals with the more ordinary dream of seeing Mother.”
“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch the perfect speed. And it isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
“A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another busy day beginning. But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practicing.”
“Come over here, we say - to the edge, we say. I want to show you something, we say. We are afraid, they say; it’s very exciting, they say. Come to the edge, we say, use your imagination. And they come. And they look. And we push. And they fly. We to stay and die in our beds. They to go and to die howsoever, inspiring those who come after them to come to their own edge. And fly. ”
“Thousands of men had thought about flying machines and a few had even built machines which they called flying machines, but these were guilty of almost everything except flying.”
“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”
“Man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery.”
“Our own growing belief that man might nevertheless learn to fly was based on the idea that while thousands of the most dissimilar body structures, such as insects, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals, were flying every day at pleasure, it was reasonable to suppose that man might also fly.”
“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”
“The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.”
“For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.”
“If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I?”
“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”
“We figured that Lilienthal in five years of time had spent only about five hours in actual gliding through the air. The wonder was not that he had done so little, but that he had accomplished so much.
“It’s a scientific fact that the bumblebee can’t fly, either. But he does, and he makes a lot of honey on the side. And that’s all I intended to be. A bumblebee in Pan Am’s honey hive.”
“The racehorse, by virtue of his awesome physical gifts, freed the jockey from himself. When a horse and a jockey flew over the track together, there were moments in which the man’s mind wedded itself to the animal’s body to form something greater than the sum of both parts.”
“There was once a bird who wanted to fly alone - away from the others. He was worried if he followed the group he would never find his own place.”
“Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.”
“I still fly a lot in my dreams, she told us, but I try to stay close to the ground. At my age, a fall can be pretty serious.”
“If your thoughts are as tall as the height of your ceiling, you can’t fly above your room.”
“While I agree that I’ve never seen a kiwi bird fly, I disagree with the statement that they can’t fly. How do we know? Couldn’t it just be that they choose not to? You’ll never see me running, but there’s a good chance I could.”
“Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she’d fly.”
“When I think something nice is going to happen I seem to fly right up on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down to earth with a thud. But really, Marilla, the flying part is glorious as long as it lasts... it’s like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud.”
“It has been reserved for us to see flying a commonplace and ordinary event.”
“For really there is nothing like wings for getting you into trouble. But, on the other hand, if you are in trouble, there is nothing like wings for getting you out of it.”
“You can fly me”
“All of a sudden, an owl shadow, part of the big tree shadow, lifted off and flew right over us.”
“The baby bird fell. Max flew to save it. Max flew the baby bird back to its nest.”
“The man took his rocket to the top of a heap and set off for the star.”
“The trees filled with birds which flew still nearer the star.”
″‘I must fly’ said the man”
“She met her friends going to the party, Bess, Jess, Tess and Cress. They landed on a hill in the moonlight to make the spell.”
“Soft and silent, she swooped through the trees to Sarah and Percy and Bill.”
“After it was all over, she said, ‘I feel as if I could fly all the way home!’ ‘You probably could,’ said Ma. ‘Yes,’ said Nana. ‘If Grace put her mind to it, she can do anything she want.‘”
“I would always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge. ”
“Well, Daddy is going to own that building, ‘cause I’m gonna fly over it and give it to him. Then it won’t matter that he’s not in their old union, or whether he’s colored a half-breed Indian, like they say.”
“I didn’t fall in love with you… I flew.”
“And they flew like blackbirds over the fields. Black, shiny wings flappin against the blue up there.”
“The slaves who could not fly told about the people who could fly to their children. When they were free.”
“Then, many of the people were captured for Slavery. The ones that could fly shed their wings.”
“The people who could fly kept their power, although they shed their wings. They kept their secret magic in the land of slavery.”
“She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms. Then she felt the magic, the African mystery.”
“Bramwell gave Little Bear two big handkerchiefs and a flashlight so he could see into the attic. Then he began to wind up the propeller of the plane. Rabbit and Little Bear climbed aboard and Bramwell began the countdown: ‘Five! Four! Three! Two! One! ZERO!’ They were off! The plane whizzed along the carpet and flew up into the air.”
“The little plane flew beautifully and the first time they passed the trap door Little Bear was able to push the lid open with his paintbrush. Then Rabbit circled the plane again, this time very close to the hole. Little Bear grabbed the edge and with a mighty heave he pulled himself inside.”
“Drac and the Gremlin leap aboard her Anti-Gravity solar-powered Planet Hopper. They sweep through the clouds to the Mountains of the White Wizard. “
“I knew one day I’d need my own wings to fly.”
“The little queen all golden, Flew hissing at the sea. To keep it back, To turn it back She flew forth bravely.”
“each monkey pulled off his cap…and all the gray caps, and all the brown caps, and all the blue caps, and all the red caps came flying down out of the tree.”
“Mr. Bird was very happy too. He flew to the top of his house. He sang is song again.”
″ ‘What’s all the fuss? I’m Mickey the pilot! I get milk the Mickey way!’ And he grabbed the cup as he flew up and up and up and over the top of the milky way in the night kitchen.”
“Feel,” said Driscoll, his hands and arms out loosely. “Remember how you used to run when you were a kid, and how the wind felt. Like feathers on your arms. You ran and thought any minute you’d fly, but you never quite did.”
“One thing about flying that he never got used to was that no matter how awful the weather was on the ground, if you flew high enough you could always find the sun.”
“He did not know girls were learning to fly, let alone girls that looked like this.”
“Now he was on his feet and about to fly. William, although nervous, felt his confidence flooding back. This was a chance, and up to now he had never been given even that.”
“Now, as we have no passports, we shall have to cross the frontier by night, when no one can see us. We shall leave at dusk and should be there by dawn.”
“If you fly hundreds and hundreds of miles up into the sky you come to where it isn’t blue anymore. It’s quite black. In the daytime, too.”
“I feel sick, and if I pedal much harder my bike will take to the air and fly.”
“And then the most extraordinary thing of all happened! The chair they were in began to creak and groan, and suddenly it rose up in the air, with the two children in it!”
“Lovely thoughts came flying to meet me like birds. They weren’t my thoughts. I couldn’t think anything half so exquisite. They came from somewhere.”
“I have brought up several hundred young bees this spring and given them lessons for their first flight, but I haven’t come across another one that was as pert and forward as you are. You seem to be an exceptional nature.”
″‘Fast?’ said Maya. ‘How can one fly fast enough? Oh, how sweet the sunshine smells!‘”
“Smirre Fox thought he could catch her without much effort, but he was afraid of failure now, and concluded to let her fly past–unmolested.”
“The Camel closed up until it was flying beside him; the pilot smiling. Biggles showed his teeth in what he imagined to be an answering smile.”

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