Inspirational Aviation Quotes On Success In Life

These aviation quotes will inspire you. Aviation is the flying or operating of aircraft.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging aviation quotes, aviation sayings, and aviation proverbs.

Famous Aviation Quotes

  1. “Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” ~ Eddie Rickenbacker
  2. “To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” ~ Jerry Crawford
  3. “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
  4. “The lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” ~ Amelia Earhart

  5. “The airplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  6. “Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying.” ~ Neil Armstrong
  7. “And let’s get one thing straight. There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight.” ~ Elrey Borge Jeppesen
  8. “The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It’s the one you can’t train for that kills you.” ~ Ernest K. Gann

  9. “But accuracy means something to me. It’s vital to my sense of values. I’ve learned not to trust people who are inaccurate. Every aviator knows that if mechanics are inaccurate. aircraft crash.” ~ Charles Lindbergh
  10. “In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.” ~ Neil Armstrong
  11. “My senses of space, of distance, and of direction entirely vanished. When I looked for the ground I sometimes looked down, sometimes up, sometimes left, sometimes right. I thought I was very high up when I would suddenly be thown to earth in a near vertical spin. I thought I was very low to the ground and I was pulled up to 3,000 feet in two minutes by the 500-horsepower motor. It danced, it pushed, it tossed. . . . Ah! la la!” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  12. “Never quit. Never give up. Fly it to the end.” ~ Chuck Aaron
  13. “Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.” ~ Barry Goldwater

  14. “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” ~ Helen Keller
  15. “Flight is romance – not in the sense of sexual attraction, but as an experience that enriches life.” ~ Stephen Coonts
  16. “The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.” ~ Walter Alexander Raleigh
  17. “Flying without feathers is not easy: my wings have no feathers.” ~ Plautus
  18. “My soul is in the sky.” ~ William Shakespeare

  19. “We continue to subsidize highways and aviation, but when it comes to our passenger rail system, we refuse to provide the money Amtrak needs to survive.” ~ Corrine Brown
  20. “The mastery of the turn is the story of how aviation became practical as a means of transportation. It is the story of how the world became small.” ~ William Langewiesche
  21. “If you don’t like what you see, stop looking.” ~ Nancy Lopez
  22. “I’ve never known an industry that can get into people’s blood the way aviation does.” ~ Robert Six

  23. “Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” ~ Amelia Earhart
  24. “I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.” ~ Albert Einstein
  25. “The aeroplane is the nearest thing to animate life that man has created. In the air a machine ceases indeed to be a mere piece of mechanism; it becomes animate and is capable not only of primary guidance and control but actually of expressing a pilot’s temperament.” ~ Ross Macpherson Smith , Aviation quotes about life
  26. “Experience comes from bad judgment.” ~ Mark Twain

  27. “Why fly? Simple. I’m not happy unless there’s some room between me and the ground.” ~ Richard Bach
  28. “Mistakes are inevitable in aviation, especially when one is still learning new things. The trick is to not make the mistake that will kill you.” ~ Stephen Coonts
  29. “In America, there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” ~ Robert Benchley
  30. “The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  31. “Once you have learned to fly your plane, it is far less fatiguing to fly than it is to drive a car. You don’t have to watch every second for cats, dogs, children, lights, road signs, ladies with baby carriages and citizens who drive out in the middle of the block against the lights. . . . Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven.” ~ William T. Piper
  32. “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
  33. “Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.” ~ Adolf Galland
  34. “Great pilots are made not born. . . . A man may possess good eyesight, sensitive hands, and perfect coordination, but the end result is only fashioned by steady coaching, much practice, and experience.” ~ Johnnie Johnson
  35. “It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.” ~ Wernher von Braun

  36. “Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff.” ~ Steven Wright
  37. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  38. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” ~ Lord Kelvin
  39. “In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours – one hour for flying and one hour to get to the airport.” ~ Neil H. McElroy

  40. “Flight Reservation Systems decide whether or not you exist. If your information isn’t in their database, then you simply don’t get to go anywhere.” ~ Arthur Miller
  41. “We want the air to unite the peoples, and not to divide them.” ~ Philip Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Earl of Swinton
  42. “There is no excuse for an airplane unless it will fly fast!” ~ Roscoe Turner
  43. “It’s the most exciting thing you have ever done with your pants on!” ~ Stephen Coonts

  44. “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
  45. “Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite.” ~ Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra
  46. “What freedom lies in flying, what Godlike power it gives to men . . . I lose all consciousness in this strong unmortal space crowded with beauty, pierced with danger.” ~ Charles Lindbergh
  47. “Anyone can do the job when things are going right. In this business we play for keeps.” ~ Ernest K. Gann

  48. “The thing is helicopters are different from airplanes An airplane by it’s nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or incompetent piloting, it will fly” ~ Harry Reasoner
  49. “There are airmen and there are pilots: the first being part bird whose view from aloft is normal and comfortable, a creature whose brain and muscles frequently originate movements which suggest flight; and then there are pilots who regardless of their airborne time remain earth-loving bipeds forever. When these latter unfortunates, because of one urge or another, actually make an ascension, they neither anticipate nor relish the event and they drive their machines with the same graceless labor they inflict upon the family vehicle.” ~ Ernest K. Gann
  50. “He knew that we gave constant lip service to the dictates of safety and howled like Christians condemned to the arena if any compromise were made of it. He knew we were seekers after ease, suspicious, egotistic, and stubborn to a fault. He also knew that none of us would have continued our careers unless we had always been, and still were, helpless before this opportunity to take a chance.” ~ Ernest K. Gann
  51. “The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.” ~ Len Morgan

  52. “A pilot’s business is with the wind, and with the stars, with night, with sand, with the sea. He strives to outwit the forces of nature. He stares with expectancy for the coming of the dawn the way a gardener awaits the coming of spring. He looks forward to port as a promised land, and truth for him is what lives in the stars.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  53. “It is hard enough for anyone to map out a course of action and stick to it, particularly in the face of the desires of one’s friends; but it is doubly hard for an aviator to stay on the ground waiting for just the right moment to go into the air.” ~ Glenn Curtiss
  54. “A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.” ~ Louise Thaden
  55. “Never fly anything that doesn’t have the paint worn off the rudder Pedals.” ~ Bill Harry

  56. “A pilot must have a memory developed to absolute perfection. But there are two higher qualities which he also must have. He must have good and quick judgment and decision, and a cool, calm courage that no peril can shake.” ~ Mark Twain
  57. “Electronics were rascals, and they lay awake nights trying to find some way to screw you during the day. You could not reason with them. They had a brain and intestines, but no heart.” ~ Ernest K. Gann
  58. “The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it.” ~ Manfred von Richthofen
  59. “Remember, you fly an airplane with you head, not your hands and feet.” ~ Bevo Howard

  60. “Nobody who gets too damned relaxed builds up much flying time.” ~ Ernest K. Gann
  61. “It’s when things are going just right that you’d better be suspicious. There you are, fat as can be. The whole world is yours and you’re the answer to the Wright brothers’ prayers. You say to yourself, nothing can go wrong … all my trespasses are forgiven. Best you not believe it.” ~ Ernest K. Gann
  62. “Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but – you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  63. “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can’t I?” ~ Yip Harburg

  64. “You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn’t any woman and there isn’t any horse, nor any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  65. “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

Aviation is the activities surrounding mechanical flight and the aircraft industry.

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