Flying Quotes

Did anyone in the White House or the N.S.A or the C.I.A. consider flying to Hong Kong and treating Mr. Snowden like a human being, offering him a chance to testify before Congress and a fair trial?

— Alex Berenson

By taking the lives of our young, and wounding the wombs and lives of their mothers, we are flying in the face of God. We cannot play God. If we continue down this path of destruction, we will be met at the gates by our own doom.

— Alveda King

In the heyday of the Oscars, there were electric sparks flying. When Cher went in her fabulous Bob Mackie dress and her Mohawk, and Bjoerk with her swan dress. Then we thought it was bad taste now I think it should have been the best dress because she stood out.

— Andre Leon Talley

I’ve always been fascinated and stared at maps for hours as a kid. I’ve especially been most intrigued by the uninhabited or lonelier places on the planet. Like Greenland, for instance, or just recently flying over Alaska and a chain of icy, mountainous islands, uninhabited.

— Andrew Bird

If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window.

— Andrew Wyeth

As soon as I have got flying to perfection, I have got a scheme about a steam engine.

— Ada Lovelace

Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I’ve done that. Yes, that works.

— Alan Moore

My ideal audience is on the young side, eager to mutate and move to a higher level of consciousness. I want my images to turn the viewer’s brain into what it is: a flying carpet.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

My friend… used to tease me about a tattoo I had right here, but it was so big, and what he was teasing me about – he said it looked like a flying monkey. It’s supposed to have been a grim reaper holding a ball. But it did look like a monkey.

— Allen Iverson

Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventor’s dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality.

— Amelia Earhart

Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.

— Amelia Earhart

I have a couple freeloader friends, but it’s okay. I know they’re gonna come in with their arms flying in the air empty-handed.

— Amy Sedaris

Sometimes when I’m watching television and something, an image, will come on that has to do with 9/11 or some of these families telling their stories, or children talking about drawing pictures of airplanes flying into towers, you know, I find myself still choking up.

— Ann Richards

People say of every opponent, ‘When are you going to knock him out?’ But I’m not like Mike Tyson, who came flying out of his corner. I’m much more composed. A guy is supposed to be durable, but then I start finding my range, and, well, it comes together. Boom.

— Anthony Joshua

I haven’t had the occasion to meet Adele. She lives in England. So when I’m flying, or when she comes over here, perhaps we’ll have a chance. I think she’s a very fine singer, a very strong writer and performer.

— Aretha Franklin

I started flying because I had a fear of it early on. I figured if I learned to fly, I would understand better what was happening and started taking lessons in the late 1950’s, once I had made some money on tour.

— Arnold Palmer

Twilight’ has ruined me. When this is all over, flying internationally is going to be very hard for me. It is just not worth it to buy a first-class ticket, because of the cost.

— Ashley Greene

I was singing in a mall, and I picked a girl to come up onstage with me. As I was grabbing her hand, I fell off the stage. It felt like I was in the air forever, flying like Superman.

— Aaron Carter

Flying in space is risky. It will never be safe, and the best thing we can do is manage those risks. It’s important for people, for human beings, to be in space because they’re adaptable and because they’re not pre-programmed software that can go off and do tasks that are appropriate for machines.

— Alan G. Poindexter

In the fall of 1973, Erica Jong assaulted the last surviving bastions of old-fashioned modesty with her ‘Fear of Flying.’

— Alistair Horne

I think getting drunk is the key to flying comfortably. A couple of bloody marys or several glasses of champagne, and suddenly it’s like you’re on a roller coaster.

— Amanda Peet

I have swung on a flying trapeze, explored a glacier, and been hit in the face by a shark’s tail while scuba diving. I like to throw myself fully into projects and adventures, which is probably how I managed to publish a book in the first place.

— Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

This was 1978, when flying was still an occasion, a special grand event that took planning and care. I worked as a TWA flight attendant then. I stood in my Ralph Lauren uniform at the boarding door and smiled at the passengers through lips coated with lipstick that perfectly matched the stripe on my jacket. Mostly, the passengers smiled back.

— Ann Hood

Like most manic depressives, some of my symptoms included racing thoughts that I simply had to act upon – flying from New York to Paris and taking the train to Berlin flying to Argentina in the middle of the night spending tens of thousands of dollars on unnecessary garments, dinners and gifts.

— Andy Behrman

Traveling around the world is really strenuous for me, being in a different bed every night, flying and everything.

— Britney Spears

The way I see it, commercial interests should manage a lunar base while NASA gets on with the really important task of flying to Mars.

— Buzz Aldrin

I’m so lazy as far as liking to get up, go to the office in my pajamas, get dressed about noon. And I hate flying. So I have this really laid-back, good lifestyle, and it’s hard to nudge me out of it.

— Barbara Park

One of the most amazing things I got from the film, so much green screen, there are so many moments and it really taught me about how important it is to have an intention when flying, when going somewhere and having an intention.

— Brandon Routh

Jazz is pretty much the freest thing you can be a part of. It’s the closest thing I can get to flying. It’s fun, interactive. In its own way, it’s a sport.

— Bria Skonberg

We need to work our level best in this legislative session to help grow Montana’s economy, so that grandchildren can stay in Montana, grandchildren can visit their grandmother and grandfather by driving across town, not flying across the country.

— Brian Schweitzer

Like Hillary Clinton, I, too, have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.

— Carly Fiorina

When I was living in Los Angeles, I always booked a moisturizing milk-and-honey massage the day before flying to Spain. It was heaven – I never got dry plane skin or felt stiff from sitting in one position.

— Carolina Herrera

In the astronaut business – the shuttle is a very complicated vehicle it’s the most complicated flying machine ever built. And in the astronaut business, we have a saying, which is, ‘There is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.’

— Chris Hadfield

Space is not a good place to mix foods because as soon as you take something out of the package, it becomes a flying object.

— Chris Hadfield

They decided as part of my 75th birthday celebrations that I would be entitled to fly first class. I’ll be honest, I’m not good at flying anymore. To my credit, I can stretch out on two coach seats.

— Chuck Feeney

The one word you use in military flying is duty. It’s your duty. You have no control over outcome, no control over pick-and-choose. It’s duty.

— Chuck Yeager

Baseball is a slow, boring, complex, cerebral game that doesn’t lend itself to histrionics. You ‘take in’ a baseball game, something odd to say about a football or basketball game, with the clock running and the bodies flying.

— Charles Krauthammer

I don’t think people will ever forget I was an ‘Angel’, anymore than they’ll forget Sally Field was ‘The Flying Nun.’

— Cheryl Ladd

Leaving the house is a big enough occasion for me, so getting on a plane and flying across the world and playing to a room full of people is just out of this world.

— Courtney Barnett

I remember dawn coming up over the Strait of Malacca ragamuffin kids on the dock in Sumatra laughing as they pelted us with bananas collecting dead flying fish off the deck and bringing them to our sweet, fat, toothless Danish cook to fry up for breakfast.

— Christopher Buckley

On ‘Death Valley,’ I fought this werewolf, and he was picking me up and slamming me down. They put padding down in the garbage so he could really slam me down. They’re flying around and I’m doing these jumping flying triangles pulling the guy down. It’s just fun.

— Caity Lotz

I did a lot of trapeze stuff when I did ‘Pippin’ and continued to do it afterward. Flying is so fun, and I was used to the harness idea, but these harnesses are like intense, full bodysuit things.

— Ciara Renee

I thought there would be more time in my trailer to write during ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ but I seem to be always flying in a harness and conquering supervillains instead.

— Clark Gregg

I never get sick on airplanes, which is incredible. You’re basically in a flying petri dish.

— Danny Meyer

The time to worrying about flying is when you’re on the ground. When you’re up in the air, it’s too late. No point in worrying about it then.

— Denzel Washington

Against Bermane Stiverne, they said he was going to be the toughest test, but I passed that with flying colours.

— Deontay Wilder

I didn’t even start dancing until I was in my thirties, and it was like flying.

— Dick Van Dyke

We’ve got ballots flying around, being counted by hand, arriving by truck and in God knows whose custody.

— David Axelrod

I really love flying, but it’s really nice to jump on a plane, sit back, and let someone else do the heavy lifting, but flying is my main passion for sure.

— Dierks Bentley

If I’m not on stage, I’m a pilot. I like flying planes I have a little plane back in Nashville.

— Dierks Bentley

There’s a lot of thinking when you choreograph something. You’re not just choreographing some bodies, arms, legs flying around to look cool. It’s a lot more complicated and sophisticated. You also have to deal with the connection of the whole film, so when I choreograph, I think of the movement itself, the camera angles, the characters.

— Donnie Yen

What I was most curious about was why Armstrong, a top U.S. Navy test pilot, flying the most advanced aircraft in the world, would want to join the astronaut corps in 1962, which included chimpanzees and monkeys.

— Douglas Brinkley

And, so I set my goals on astronaut because, as a military aviator, it was, I considered that to be about the peak of a flying career.

— Duane G. Carey

I love directing it felt right to me when I did ‘Flying Lessons’. It’s something I will do again. Really, you can always be working and developing. That’s something that’s kind of ever constant.

— Derek Magyar

Seat assignment didn’t matter if you’re flying Dallas to Houston and you did it 38 times a day. People just got on, you didn’t sit next to your wife, and it was a 45-minute flight. It didn’t matter.

— David Neeleman

I’ve never played in Vegas. I’ve only been to the airport, but even the airport was exciting. Just flying in, looking out the window, you feel the pull of it, like it’s some evil force pulling you in, like Mordor.

— Dean Wareham

Flying is awful, there’s nothing to do when you’re up in the air. I bloat up, my skin gets dry, and when we hit turbulence, I’m terrified.

— Daniela Pestova

We’ve gone from, in the ’50s and ’60s, being very optimistic about the future, where the future is all spaceships and The Jetsons and flying cars, to where we were just sure the future was going to be a massive pile of rubble.

— David Wong

I haven’t been able to write a song about flying. It just sounds cheesy. But for me, there’s nothing like being up there.

— Dexter Holland

Flying is one of the safest jobs in the Army as long as you don’t drop out. If you do drop out, you are a dead man, and dropping out means, usually, that you have made a mistake or let go of your grip.

— Eddie Rickenbacker

My phobias worsen as I get older. I’m scared of flying, driving. I’m terrified of sharks. I’m a germaphobe. But I try to face my fears I do. Well, most of them.

— Eli Roth

The thing about Vegas is, I don’t have to fly anywhere, and that really helps. It means I stay in one place for three weeks at a time instead of flying backwards and forwards.

— Elton John

You see these terrorists that are flying planes into buildings, right? You see our cities getting shot up in California. You see Paris getting shot up. And then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses and frat houses every day.

— Eric Trump

When I’m running fast, I don’t feel anything, it’s effortless, it’s like my feet don’t even touch the ground, it’s like I’m flying.

— Evelyn Ashford

All this flying around got on my nerves. But then I gave the script to Cathy to get her opinion. When she started to laugh, it was like ‘That’s it!’. I went to LA and I got the part.

— Ed O’Neill

The sensation of flying is incredible, and it’s such a miraculous notion to go into the air and see the world without delineation.

— Ellen McLaughlin

I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates. I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes, but I was scared of flying.

— Florence Green

If the Wright brothers hadn’t put their lives on the line, we would not be flying around the world these days. So we need pioneers.

— Felix Baumgartner

I always had the dream of flying, and the cheapest way is to become a skydiver.

— Felix Baumgartner

When I heard Flying Lotus, I was like, ‘Wow, okay, everything can be off the grid.’

— Flume

There’s a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying in to Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hands saying that they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses. There’s a message there.

— Gary Ackerman

I just don’t know when we all decided that if it doesn’t fit in a Happy Meal box, it’s not for kids. I remember flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz, and I grew up watching Monty Python. I think that kids can handle a lot more than we give them credit for, especially when it comes to the absurd.

— Gore Verbinski

Pop science goes flying off in all kinds of fashionable directions, and it often drags a lot of SF writers with it. I’ve been led astray like that myself at times.

— Greg Egan

I kind of do think of myself as a superhero and just flying high, and doing these crazy flips.

— Gabby Douglas

For families flying out of the U.K. for a winter getaway, airports should be the ideal place to pick up a bargain.

— George Osborne

While I was making my solo films, RKO was busily trying to get me and Fred Astaire back together. The studio wanted to capitalize on the success of ‘Flying Down to Rio’ and realized that the pairing of Rogers and Astaire had moneymaking potential.

— Ginger Rogers

Most people are flying to Heathrow because it’s a hub, so they can fly on to other places, often long-distance flights. If they can’t go on those long-distance flights from Heathrow, they will go to Paris, they will go to Amsterdam, they will go to Frankfurt, because those are viable alternatives.

— Geoff Hoon

Reviewers and critics can be overly cynical. If something the least bit sentimental comes up, they’ll often start flying off the handle. But I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, you’ve had those times in your life. Everybody has.’

— Gilbert Hernandez

Everyone loves to fly, and flying underwater is even better than flying in air because there are things around you.

— Graham Hawkes

I’ve built a tree house because of my architectural training, it’s heavily over-designed, with an oriel window sticking out of it and flying foxes coming off it.

— Greg Wise

I did a little bit of flying in high school, but I’ve just always been inspired and excited about airplanes.

— Gregory H. Johnson

When I started flying, I realized how enjoyable it was, and flying became my main focus while engineering went on the back burner.

— Gregory H. Johnson

The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.

— Harrison Ford

I fly myself everywhere. I like all kinds of flying, including practical flying for search and rescue. And I also like to fly into the backcountry, usually the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. I go with a group of friends, and we set up camp for about five days and explore little dirt strips and canyons.

— Harrison Ford

On the first ‘Indiana Jones’ movie, I tore an ACL in one of my knees – can’t remember which knee. The scene in which I was fighting the big German mechanic on an airplane called a flying wing, I was run over by the landing gear and injured my knee, but I can’t remember which one it was. Lots of bumps and injuries along the way.

— Harrison Ford

I’m quite scared of flying, and especially helicopters, I don’t like them at all.

— Heidi Klum

When I started working on Southwest Airlines, I kid you not, only people flying on business and very wealthy people ever flew.

— Herb Kelleher

Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly. Being House is like flying, too. You’re free of the gravity of what people think.

— Hugh Laurie

Not until the space shuttle started flying did NASA concede that some astronauts didn’t have to be fast-jet pilots. And at that point, sure enough, women started becoming astronauts.

— Henry Spencer

Spaceflight, especially in the Mercury spacecraft, clearly wasn’t going to be much like flying an airplane.

— Henry Spencer

If you look at Christmas movies, there are certain things in them that lend themselves to a ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie. In particular, the more out-of-this-world things like Santa Claus and flying reindeer.

— Hayden Schlossberg

Our flying squirrel is in no proper sense a flyer. On the ground, he is more helpless than a chipmunk, because less agile. He can only sail or slide down a steep incline from the top of one tree to the foot of another.

— John Burroughs

I’m not afraid of flying I just fear I’m going to die. I think I’m – vulnerable. I admit it. I don’t fly. I got claustrophobia. I don’t go in high buildings. I don’t do those things. I’m just myself, whatever that is.

— John Madden

There is the morass, wherein you plunge up to your knees, or the walking over the stubborn, dwarfish shrubbery, whereby one treads down the forests of Labrador and the unexpected bunting or sylvia which perchance, and indeed as if by chance alone, you now and then see flying before you, or hear singing from the ground creeping plant.

— John James Audubon

One reason, doubtless, why squirrels are so bold and reckless in leaping through the trees is that, if they miss their hold and fall, they sustain no injury. Every species of tree-squirrel seems to be capable of a sort of rudimentary flying, at least of making itself into a parachute, so as to ease or break a fall or a leap from a great height.

— John Burroughs

Writings scatter to the winds blank checks in an insane charge. And were they not such flying leaves, there would be no purloined letters.

— Jacques Lacan

I think aerobatic flying is athletic. I don’t do aerobatic flying, but I would put that in a category of a sport. I would put regular flying in the category of an art or machine-type thing.

— John Travolta

I hate flying, airports and the whole rigmarole – queuing up, security and lost luggage.

— Johnny Vegas

I love skating and sparkling and flying around the ice, and people clap for you. It’s an amazing feeling.

— Johnny Weir

In lean times, you get plenty of sleep, and you’re not flying around everywhere.

— J. K. Simmons

The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it.

— Jeff Miller

I think when science fiction is at its worst, it’s just spaceships flying around shooting at each other. There has to be a lot more going on than that… science fiction is about exploring new worlds and new ideas, not about ray guns and action, necessarily.

— Jeff Lemire

When Iron Man’s flying, we’d send real planes up to do the choreography so that we’d get the camerawork to really look like a cameraman was following from another plane. It gives it that ‘Top Gun’ look.

— Jon Favreau

As Dortmund manager, I lived in a street, and my two neighbours were Schalke fans. They showed it every day, flying flags!

— Jurgen Klopp

In L.A., if you’re in improv, and you’re on those stages, all the big agents and managers and producers are watching those shows. They’re not flying to Chicago to see the show. People are booking jobs off the stages in L.A. who aren’t more talented than the guys in Chicago. But the most guys book out of L.A., and the second is New York.

— Jake Johnson

I’ve known the anxiety of being completely lost, flying at night. It can be extreme. You’re travelling at close to five hundred miles an hour, and every minute that goes by takes you further into being lost unless you get help from ground radar somewhere or somehow figure out the error.

— James Salter

While the whole ‘God Butcher Saga’ had elements of fantasy, sci-fi and horror all mixed together, ‘The Accursed’ is very much high-fantasy. Right out of the gate, we’ve got elves, talk of fantastic worlds, strange creatures, Malekith riding a flying tiger, as well as more dwarves, giants, trolls and elves than you can possibly count.

— Jason Aaron

I get to pretend I’m flying into space, and hang out with my friends. That’s what I do for a living.

— Jeri Ryan

I had my airplane, and I’d use it as a car whenever I could. If the drive was going to be longer than an hour, I was flying the plane instead. And in California, it’s really easy to have a drive longer than an hour.

— Jake Busey

I just find it thrilling, especially when I totally lock in to the person that I am doing and I’m really flying… I suppose I am hiding myself when I sing as these other people.

— Jane Horrocks

I never realized that growing up in Brooklyn, flying jets, working on Wall Street and starring in a sci-fi series was the prerequisite for the fast-paced demands of talk radio. But, if that’s what it takes to succeed, I’m glad I did it all.

— Jerry Doyle

Any show that includes guns or machinery or stuff like that, you need to trust who’s around you because blanks are flying.

— Jessy Schram

And I agreed the feeling of action as he was flying or jumping or leaping – a flowing cape would give it movement. It really helped, and it was very easy to draw.

— Joe Shuster

He was mostly leaping tall buildings in the beginning. There were cases where he would leap off a tall building or swoop down, and at that point he would look like he was flying, I suppose. It was just natural to draw him like that.

— Joe Shuster

When I was a child, I didn’t fly – we couldn’t afford to fly. Flying was for rich people.

— Jeff Smisek

I was always a fan of the old-style comics. I loved vaudeville. I loved Milton Berle, Dick Shawn, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, Charlie Callas, all those guys. Hilarious. I love the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movies, and Abbott & Costello. My television influences were ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus,’ ‘Benny Hill,’ and ‘Hee Haw.’

— Larry the Cable Guy

I’ve had fish come up on stage, and it’s pretty disgusting. I try and discourage that. I discourage anything flying up on stage, actually.

— Les Claypool

I do about 90 percent of my own stunts, and the things I can’t do for insurance reasons, like swinging out of a flying helicopter, I wouldn’t want to do anyway.

— LL Cool J

I have so many miles and I’ve been flying for so long that every time I fly, it’s first class. It’s one of those things that, if I needed to jump on a plane, and fly to Spain tomorrow, I know I could get it done. Just like that.

— Lupe Fiasco

A lot of these things will fly in later forms on the space station themselves, or a later form of that research will, once they kind of find out some of the basics from flying it on shuttle.

— Linda M. Godwin

I felt like I was flying without a net. But once I realized that the audience was my partner, I was flying a jet, because the people would allow me to develop the character on stage.

— Loretta Swit

I work every day. I was flying the other day. and I was like, where am I flying? I have no idea, I work so much.

— Lily Aldridge

You know, I’m an eagle, flying around in the mountains.

— Link Wray

I was interested in aerospace and flying, and the U.S. is really the best place in the world for flying.

— Kalpana Chawla

Every once in a while, we’d ask my dad if we could get a ride in one of these planes. And, he did take us to the flying club and get us a ride in the Pushpak and a glider that the flying club had.

— Kalpana Chawla

I’ve done some luxury flying, which is brilliant. It has only happened once or twice, but it was nice because flying is the worst part of the holiday. But then again, if the plane crashes, you’re still dead. For that much money I’d want a little capsule that whizzed me off to safety if it was going to crash.

— Karl Pilkington

I never was one to go into an office and write. For one thing, I had a job. I was cleaning the ashtrays and setting up the studios at Columbia for a couple of years and working every other week down in the Gulf of Mexico flying helicopters. I didn’t really get to just write songs for about five years.

— Kris Kristofferson

I detest flying anywhere. Left to my own devices, I’d never leave my keyboard.

— Kage Baker

Whenever I dream about flying, it’s the best feeling in the world.

— Kate Mara

Remember to reach for the stars, and they won’t be able to resist flying into your hands!

— Katherine McNamara

I longed to fly. I was paid in flying lessons and, by the time I was 13, I’d logged 100 hours at the controls.

— Kent McCord

My greatest fear is flying. And I do a lot of flying, so that’s a bummer.

— Kylie Bax

Our robots are signing up for online learning. After decades of attempts to program robots to perform complex tasks like flying helicopters or surgical suturing, the new approach is based on observing and recording the motions of human experts as they perform these feats.

— Ken Goldberg

Vampires get the joy of flying around and living forever, werewolves get the joy of animal spirits. But zombies, they’re not rich, or aristocratic, they shuffle around. They’re a group phenomenon, they’re not very fast, they’re quite sickly. So what’s the pleasure of being one?

— Margaret Atwood

I’m very phobic about flying, but I’m also drawn to it.

— Martin Scorsese

I remember flying in, driving down 101 in a cab, and passing by all these tech companies like Yahoo! I remember thinking, ‘Maybe someday we’ll build a company. This probably isn’t it, but one day we will.’

— Mark Zuckerberg

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.

— Mary Kay Ash

Boot Camp was great and very interesting. You got to use live rounds of ammunition and got to do a lot of crawling around with live rounds flying around you, so you really had to learn to keep your ass down – everything down for that matter.

— Mel Gibson

I’m not a big fan of flying. I definitely try to take the bus whenever I can. I’ve gotten a little bit better about it, but it was a pretty crippling thing for many years. I feel safer in a private plane.

— Martina McBride

I was in Cairo, Egypt, where Sinai – ISIS conducted the Russian airliner downing. We’re concerned about safety and security at these last point-of-departure airports flying directly into the United States – in that case, JFK.

— Mike McCaul

Maybe we are all prospective migrants. The lines of national borders on maps are artificial constructs, as unnatural to us as they are to birds flying overhead. Our first impulse is to ignore them.

— Mohsin Hamid

I sometimes wonder why I do so much research – I look at other successful writers, and I think it must just be so relaxing to write about flying horses or something, but I have to make it plausible.

— Michelle Paver

When you launch in a rocket, you’re not really flying that rocket. You’re just sort of hanging on.

— Michael P. Anderson

Later, after flying in the Navy for four or five years, spending some time on an aircraft carrier, I applied to and was accepted in a program where I went to graduate school first and then to the Naval Test Pilots School.

— Mark Kelly

They said, ‘If we put you in first class with Brian, will you do it?’ So I flew after not having flown in eight years. If there’s one person who doesn’t like flying as much as me, it’s Brian.

— Matthew Sweet

When you see a fly flitting around your hair or your potato salad, you might see an annoyance. But in my lab, you really see a marvelous machine: arguably the most sophisticated flying device on the planet.

— Michael Dickinson

In the early 1930s, flying from England to Australia was the longest flight in the world. It was considered extremely dangerous and hazardous, pushing pilots to the limits of mechanical skills and human endurance. Aviation was young.

— Mary Garden

When you perform in front of an audience after only two days of rehearsal, you’re flying by the seat of your pants – particularly when they’re rewriting the show right up to the moment the camera goes on.

— Michael Richards

I have a flat in Paris and go there a lot, but the Eurostar’s much more civilised than flying.

— Michael Bond

These are moments in your life to be cherished they don’t come around that often. To be flying around in a ‘Game of Thrones’ jet, to be greeted by massive enthusiasts.

— Natalie Dormer

Most estimates of the mortality risk posed by asteroid impacts put it at about the same risk as flying in a commercial airliner. However, you have to remember that this is like the entire human race riding the plane – it is one of the few risks that really could wipe us all out.

— Nathan Myhrvold

Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.

— Neil Armstrong

Funding for the original manned Voyager Mars Program was scratched in 1968, before humans had gotten out of Low Earth Orbit. Mid-’60s plans for a Venus fly-by with astronauts actually flying by it met the same fate.

— P. J. O’Rourke

If you look at a map, you see that Hawaii is in the middle of nowhere. It’s 17 hours of straight flying from London. It’s very far away, and sometimes you feel as if you’re on another planet. But I like that. Also, that’s ideal for writing.

— Paul Theroux

We need to stop flying, stop driving cars and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles.

— Paul Watson

When 9/11 hit, the second thing I said to myself was, ‘This really is what religious people do.’ Those people flying the plane were very good, very pious, truly faithful believers. There’s no other way to paint them. Of course, they are extremists by definition, but they certainly aren’t going against Islam in any real way.

— Penn Jillette

Back in 2007, I had the opportunity to meet Professor Stephen Hawking through the X PRIZE Foundation. In my first conversation with him I learned that he was passionate about flying into space someday.

— Peter Diamandis

If you have a fear of flying, don’t. The data are very clear: If you have to travel someplace, the safest way is by airplane.

— Peter Diamandis

Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours, Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.

— Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

After more than a decade as the editor of ‘Wired’ magazine, Chris Anderson started the company of his dreams – a robotics manufacturing company called 3D Robotics – to produce the autonomous flying vehicles coming out of DIY Drones.

— Peter Diamandis

So while I was in college I did a little study on the freight industry, the air freight industry. And I looked at this company called Flying Tiger. And I actually put a thousand dollars in it and I remember I thought this air cargo was going to be a thing of the future.

— Peter Lynch

I wrote ‘She’s a Lady’ on the back of a TWA menu, flying back from London after doing Tom Jones’s TV show. Jones’s manager wanted me to write him a song. If I have an idea and I don’t have a pad of paper, I’ll write on whatever is available. What’s the difference? Paper is paper.

— Paul Anka

Have you ever, on a cloudless night, looked down from a passing aircraft flying over Canada? Endless, glowing strings of cities, towns, and homesteads. Stretching on and on, one province to the next. With only the stars in the distance.

— Paul Martin

Cool things happen. Ace’s guitar flies through space, goes through a hole, and blows up. I throw drumsticks and they come flying at you.

— Peter Criss

I thought you were supposed to be flying this thing, not pleasuring it.

— Paul Gallagher

Flying over New Orleans on our approach, I got it. There was no view of land without water – water in the great looming form of Lake Pontchartrain, water cutting through in tributaries, water flowing beside a long stretch of highway, water just – everywhere.

— Rachel Sklar

My first introduction to New Orleans was from the air, flying high over the city with a view of the land – and water – below.

— Rachel Sklar

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.

— Orson Welles

Tweeting is a very personal form of expression. Who else could talk about my son refusing to wear a suit to meet the Pope, my husband flying a helicopter, or take a twitpic from our home?

— Queen Rania of Jordan

Of course, I tweet. Tweeting is a very personal form of expression. Who else could talk about my son refusing to wear a suit to meet the Pope, my husband flying a helicopter, or take a twitpic from our home?

— Queen Rania of Jordan

I think there’s a little bit of sizzling here. Honestly, I can feel it. The ions are flying back and forth.

— Regis Philbin

I’d like to have the flying car, I think that’d be really cool.

— Rupert Grint

Flying, I continue to be involved with. I love flying, and I hope to keep doing it so long as I can pass my medicals and stay proficient.

— Ratan Tata

When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ it’s as if someone took the game of Life and tossed it in the air. All the pieces go flying. The pieces land on a new board. Everything has shifted. You don’t know where to start.

— Regina Brett

I’m Ric Flair! The Stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun!

— Ric Flair

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt. All of us who are attempting to go around the world in balloons are effectively flying in experimental craft because these craft cannot be tested.

— Richard Branson

We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

— Richard Dawkins

I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.

— Roald Dahl

But it wasn’t until I graduated from Texas A & M University and joined the United States Air Force, flying C-130’s all around the globe, that I truly appreciated the blessings of freedom.

— Rick Perry

I think there’s nothing worse than inertia. You can be inert and study your navel, and gradually fall off the chair. I think the key is to keep flying.

— Ridley Scott

I think probably the scariest thing, as weird as it sounds, was ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the flying monkeys with the witch. I remember seeing that – it still seems freaky.

— Rob Zombie

The idea of flying in general does not appeal to me. I can barely understand why people want to fly at all, other than that it’s occasionally necessary.

— Ridley Scott

Even though the risks of death are higher driving than flying, many people would rather drive simply because they feel they have more control driving. The facts are that only a few hundred people die a year flying, and 44,000 are killed a year driving.

— Robert Kiyosaki

I seem to have been everywhere in the last 30 years, maybe not in the epicenter but flying around the periphery of extraordinary events and equally extraordinary people.

— Rupert Everett

I was very limited in what I could do with flying saucers, because they’re just a metal disc. I had to try and put character in as if they were intelligently guided.

— Ray Harryhausen

So, when I say ‘match the hatch’, if the fish are taking the nymph, and you’re actually producing a replica of a flying insect, you’ll catch fresh air.

— Rex Hunt

Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on it flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill.

— Richard H. Davis

These guys are just flying through the air and I’m capturing them in the split second and putting it into a work of art, via clay to the bronze.

— Richard MacDonald

When I was flying to Rome, we flew over London I felt like bursting into tears. It’s part of me, so I can’t leave London behind for good.

— Robert Pattinson

India was a sensation. It was remarkable to see all those parrots flying about, the brilliant foliage and the brilliant sky. It was a tremendous pageant. I never noticed the poverty.

— Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Conditions were so hard. To send the news out, telex was the only means, but telex was very rare in Africa. So if somebody was flying to Europe, we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived.

— Ryszard Kapuscinski

I guess when we’re young, we all have that fascination with flying.

— Sean Bean

The hardest thing about skateboarding is consistency: The slightest flick of your foot or gust of wind can send your board flying, so it’s really anybody’s game out there.

— Shaun White

You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it. God has to give you this gift.

— Steve Harvey

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.

— Sylvia Plath

I finally overcame my phobia, and now I approach flying with a sort of studied boredom – a learned habit, thanks to my learn-to-fly-calmly training – but like all former flying phobics, I retain a weird and feverish fascination with aviation news, especially bad news.

— Susan Orlean

I took a Fear of Flying class, and I always missed the class, because I was always flying.

— Sara Blakely

I used to hate flying. I would sit there, rigid, convinced that if I relaxed, the plane would drop out of the sky.

— Sarah Waters

The thing I like most about flying in space is not the view. The thing I like about it is doing something I feel very, very strongly about.

— Scott Kelly

Flying in space is a privilege, whether it’s the first time or the fourth time.

— Scott Kelly

I was nicknamed Skeeter in Little League because I was small and fast, like a mosquito flying across the outfield.

— Skeet Ulrich

I started dancing when I saw Fred Astaire in ‘Flying Down to Rio,’ at approximately nine years old. Fred Astaire influenced me, more than anything, to be in ‘show business.’

— Stanley Donen

I love flying and kind of just fascinated with it, and to fly something like an F-22 would be a blast.

— Stephen Colletti

Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.

— Susan George

And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning.

— Story Musgrave

Sure, you would lose more bombers without fighters, but, flying in formation, you could get the job done.

— Stuart Symington

Flying solo, you have a fair workload. I’m not only flying the balloon but doing the navigation, communications, repairing the burners, taking care of the equipment.

— Steve Fossett

I always write on unlined typing paper and write the first draft in longhand, using cheap Bic pens. I try to write about four pages a day, which usually yields a first draft in six months. I don’t plot ahead of time, so I’m flying by the seat of my pants for the first draft.

— Tess Gerritsen

We took up the offer with the BBC, and that was Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I didn’t have to submit my ideas to the group. I used to turn up on the days we recorded with a can of film under my arm, and in it went.

— Terry Gilliam

I said in a speech out in Peoria that with Jerry in as vice president, the pressures on Nixon to resign would be unbearable. I know that Republicans see 50 House seats flying out the window in 1974.

— Thomas P. O’Neill

I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That’s what we really pay attention to anyway. We don’t talk about planes flying we talk about them crashing.

— Tibor Kalman

I like superheroes who are very human and underdog. That’s why I relate to my character in ‘A Flying Jatt’: because he is a very normal person and very human. He was very unsure about his super powers he didn’t know how to use them. He is scared of heights, speed. Especially he is scared of his mom, but he has to listen to her.

— Tiger Shroff

Comedies are just never that expensive quite frankly. They really aren’t. We aren’t doing green screen shooting, so even Hangover II in Bangkok might seem like it’s expensive, you’re flying over and back, but they’re just not that expensive to make when you do it the way we do it which is very focused and I’ve done it before.

— Todd Phillips

If you take one rivet out of an airplane, it will be all right, it’ll keep flying. You take another rivet out of the airplane and it still flies. So what the heck, let’s take more rivets out of the airplane, and sooner or later, the airplane drops from the sky.

— Ted Danson

Politicians have always been required to be fake, but now the career havoc wrought by a stray, flying sound bite means they have to sustain their fakeness all the time.

— Tina Brown

Sigmund Freud was the apostle of disbelief. He was the one who made psychoanalysis a part of our culture, and in so doing he kicked out a flying buttress that had been essential for holding up our cathedral of faith.

— Tony Campolo

I was skating with friends in my neighborhood, and then eventually I was invited to go to the skate park with one of them. When I saw people flying all around – literally flying in and out of bowls – that is when I knew I wanted to do it. I wanted to figure out how I could get there and how I could fly.

— Tony Hawk

If I were really rich, I would be flying places, I think.

— Tao Lin

When a group of ultra-opinionated, uber-creative romance authors get together, I’m sure you guys can imagine how fast the ideas start flying!

— Teresa Medeiros

I think ideas should be flying about and banging into each other. It is a kind of energy. If you occupy static positions, then things sort of ossify.

— Tom Paulin

We will never get to the flying car era. We will get to the era where we get flying drones that haul people, though.

— Thomas Frey

In daytime, you’re shooting an episode a day, which is on average about 90 pages of script a day. That is very hectic. On ‘90210,’ you get to work through it a little more. You’re not just flying through it just to get it done.

— Trevor Donovan

I want to do feature films. I am flying to Malaysia to be in another feature film. We will be filming that in Malaysia, the Phillipines, and back in California.

— Thuy Trang

There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in every direction, but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation.

— Umberto Eco

You think you would react one way when a situation develops and, and when the sharp shells are flying, you don’t quite stand up like you think you might.

— Walter Cronkite

I hate flying, flat out hate its guts.

— William Shatner

My inclination, as an old-school, classically trained journalist, is not to go with a story unless I have it hard. It’s not good enough to say something based on rumors that were flying around.

— Wolf Blitzer

I saw the booster, not Sputnik, flying by, and I said, maybe this is the way we should be going, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen.

— Wally Schirra

They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was desperately keen to go back there. But it didn’t happen.

— Valentina Tereshkova

You could see the flames and the outer skin of the spacecraft glowing and burning, baseball-size chunks flying off behind us. It was an eerie feeling, like being a gnat inside a blowtorch flame.

— William Anders

The big mathematical challenge for flying robots is making them move in six dimensions: x, y, z, pitch, yaw and roll. We create 3-D obstacle courses in the lab – windows, doors, hula-hoops taped to posts – and ask the robots to fly through. It looks like a Harry Potter Quidditch match.

— Vijay Kumar

It’s difficult to do that internally, because you’re flying five, six hours.

— Vince McMahon

The glamour of air travel – its aspirational meaning in the public imagination – disappeared before its luxury did, dissipating as flying gradually became commonplace.

— Virginia Postrel

I was a pilot and flying hang gliders, paragliders, aerobatics airplanes, and then I discovered skydiving. Free fall. Free. With nothing around you, just a parachute on your back. And you go down. But you don’t feel like you’re going down. Total freedom.

— Yves Rossy

I have had bullets flying at concerts, but I don’t want to talk about that.

— Zubin Mehta
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