Airplane Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old airplane quotes, airplane sayings, and airplane proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Never get on an airplane if the pilot is wearing a hat that has more than three pastel colors.

George Carlin

The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.

Orville Wright

Quite likely the twentieth century is destined to see the natural forces which will enable us to fly from continent to continent with a speed far exceeding that of a bird.

Simon Newcomb

Logic proved that airplanes can't fly and that H-bombs won't work and that stones don't fall out of the sky. Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow.

Robert Heinlein

Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.     

Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon

To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything.     

Otto Lilienthal

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain't likely to hurt you.     

Satchel Paige

Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.     

Simon Newcomb

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

Jean Kerr

Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.

Al Gore

We can't hear the balance yet because the soloist is still on the airplane.

Eugene Ormandy

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.     

Henry Ford

The sky itself will have to be the roof of the auditorium of the future, I will have to forego the car and even the airplane when I move from place to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge.     

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying.

Donald Wills

If this plane were to crash, we could get a new start on this quasar problem.

William Fowler

Oldtimers weekends and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they're successful.     

Casey Stengel quotes

The man who flies an airplane ... must believe in the unseen.

Richard Bach

Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.     

Adolf Galland

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

Walter Raleigh

My airplane is quiet, and for a moment still an alien, still a stranger to the ground, I am home.

Richard Bach

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The century of airplanes has a right to its own music.

Claude Debussy

I am well convinced that Aerial Navigation will form a most prominent feature in the progress of civilization.     

Sir George Cayley

There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.     

Henry A Kissinger

Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.     

James Thurber

I'm in the same traffic as everybody else. I'm in the same airplane delay as everybody else. I sit in the same coach seat as everybody else.

Bill Gates

A fighter without a gun...is like an airplane without a wing.

Brigadier General Robin

I was a pilot flying an airplane and it just so happened that where I was flying made what I was doing spying.

Francis Gary Power

Anyone who's not interested in model airplanes must have a screw loose somewhere.     

Paul MacCready

There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.

Vladimir Nabokov