Flying Sayings and Quotes

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


More than anything else, the sensation of flying 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

I learned the discipline of flying in order to have the freedom of flight....Discipline prevents crashes.     

Captain John Cook

I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.      

John Glenn

Flying is done largely with the imagination.     

Wolfgang Langwiesche

I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty. That the reasons flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying.

Amelia Earhart

If you are bored flying, your standards are too low.     

Lauran Paine Jr

In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks.     

Wilbur Wright

Flying is within our grasp. We have naught to do but take it.

Charles F. Duryea

We who fly do so for the love of flying. We are alive in the air with this miracle that lies in our hands and beneath our feet.

Cecil Day Lewis

Flying alone! Nothing gives such a sense of mastery over time over mechanism, mastery indeed over space, time, and life itself, as this.     

Cecil Day Lewis

[Flying] fosters fantasies of childhood, of omnipotence, rapid shifts of being, miraculous moments; it stirs our capacity for dreaming.

Joyce Carol

All my life, I've never been able to get enough airplanes. This will keep me flying every day.     

Astronaut Robert 'Hoot' Gibson

Flying prevails whenever a man and his airplane are put to a test of maximum performance.     

Richard Bach

Below twenty, boys are too rash for flying. Above twenty-five they are too prudent.

W.J. Abbott

Flying is hypnotic and all pilots are victims to the spell. Their world is like a magic island in which the factors of life and death assume their proper values. Thinking becomes clear because there are no earthly foibles or embellishments to confuse it.      

Ernest K. Gann

Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.     

Barry M. Goldwater

Flying is inherently dangerous. We like to gloss that over with clever rhetoric and comforting statistics, but these facts remain: gravity is constant and powerful, and speed kills. In combination, they are particularly destructive.     

Dan Manningham

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.

Plautus

See driving is like stabbing someone, it's very personal. While flying is like shooting someone, it's more distant.

Bushwick Bill