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Quotations: Skydiving & Air Sports


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NOTE: Not all these quotations are specifically in the context of skydiving or air sports; however, the general sentiments are used here to apply to the theme. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g


If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it. ~Toni Morrison


How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. That ground—seconds away—thousands of miles away. ~Charles A. Lindbergh


Out of 10,000 feet of fall, always remember that the last half inch hurts the most. ~Charles W. Purcell


I suspected skydiving was dangerous when they asked me to sign a waiver. They confirmed my suspicions when they asked me to pay in advance. ~Author Unknown


I watched him strap on his harness and helmet, climb into the cockpit and, minutes later, a black dot falls off the wing two thousand feet above our field. At almost the same instant, a while streak behind him flowered out into the delicate wavering muslin of a parachute — a few gossamer yards grasping onto air and suspending below them, with invisible threads, a human life, and man who by stitches, cloth, and cord, had made himself a god of the sky for those immortal moments. ~Charles Lindbergh


Ah, if he could have plunged up into the clouds, so as to sweep thereon through the undulating heavens over the boundless earth!—ah, if he could have floated with the flower-fragrance over the flowers,—could have streamed with the wind over the summits, through the woods! ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865


You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them how to fly in formation. ~Author Unknown


Skydivers are people who enjoy falling down. ~Allen Roulston


Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. ~Gil Stern


Most sports only need one ball. Mine takes both. Skydive! ~Author Unknown


If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle. ~Author Unknown


When the people look like ants — pull,
When the ants look like people — pray.
~Author Unknown


You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. ~Author Unknown


If the good Lord had wanted people to stay on the ground, he would have given us roots. ~Author Unknown


When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. ~Leonardo da Vinci


Only skydivers know why the birds sing. They never have to pack a parachute. ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when you can’t put on a backpack without checking for leg straps. ~Author Unknown


I’ve never been skydiving, but I have zoomed in on Google Earth really fast. ~Author Unknown


You know what they say about skydivers, right? There are old skydivers and bold skydivers, but there are no old, bold skydivers. ~Jeff Wuorio


In a world where we are all slaves to the laws of gravity, skydivers are proud to be freedom fighters! ~Author Unknown


You swallow hard, thinking to yourself, ’It must be all right, thousands of people have done it before.’ Then... ’But this time it’s me — that’s the difference!’ ~Charles Shea-Simonds, Sport Parachuting, 1971


You know you’re a skydiver when you wear your rig on commercial passenger flights, just in case. ~Author Unknown


Don’t be afraid of falling out of the plane, you are dressed for the occasion. ~Kai Wolf


You know you’re a skydiver when your friends look at the sky and say, "look at all those clouds," and you say, "look at all those holes!" ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when on windy days you go to the drop zone anyway and bitch about the weather. ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when you show up at the drop zone even on the worst-weather days because at least you can sit around drinking beer. ~Author Unknown


And wow! Hey! What’s this thing coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground! That’s it! That’s a good name — ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me? ~Douglas Adams


I was on the point of cutting the cord that suspended me between heaven and earth... and measured with my eye the vast space that separated me from the rest of the human race... I felt myself precipitated with a velocity that was checked by the sudden unfolding of my parachute. ~André-Jacques Garnerin, 1797


You know you’re a skydiver when your friends think it’s funny when you are sleeping to blow a fan in your face and set a beeper off near your ear. ~Author Unknown


If I could stand in an open airplane doorway two-and-a-half miles above the ground and will myself to step into empty space, then I could do anything. ~Dave Stein


 
 
[W]hen I decided that I too must pass through the experience of a parachute jump, life rose to a higher level, to a sort of exhilarated calmness. The thought of crawling out onto the struts and wires hundreds of feet above the earth, and then giving up even that tenuous hold of safety and of substance, left me a feeling of anticipation mixed with dread, of confidence restrained by caution, of courage salted through with fear. How tightly should one hold onto life? How loosely give it rein? What gain was there for such a risk? I would have to pay in money for hurling my body into space. There would be no crowd to watch and applaud my landing. Nor was there any scientific objective to be gained. No, there was deeper reason for wanting to jump, a desire I could not explain. ~Charles Lindbergh


No one’s hungry in the first few seconds of a skydive. ~Brad Pilon, advocate of intermittent fasting


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Helen Keller


If someone says, hey, you know, this long weekend, let’s go skydiving — I would say, no, are you nuts? I’d just as soon sit down and have a cup of tea. ~Rick Mercer


You know you’re a skydiver when you try to convince the flight attendant on a commercial flight that you really would be much more comfortable sitting on the floor. ~Author Unknown


At 13,000 feet nothing else matters. ~Author Unknown


My soul is in the sky. ~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky. ~Amelia Earhart


Plain and simple, skydiving is all about controlled terror, and I love it. ~Lewis B. Sanborn


I wish the whole world could see what I see. Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are. ~Felix Baumgartner


Jump pilots have an open door policy. ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when you’ll wake up at 6:30 am on the weekends to get to the drop zone, but you can’t seem to get up by 7:30 on the weekdays to be at work by 8:00. ~Author Unknown


I now know the color of fear — it’s brown. ~Author Unknown


It was that quality that led me into aviation in the first place — it was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of man — where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane; where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same instant. ~Charles Lindbergh


Aviation is not in itself inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than even the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. ~Alfred Gilmer Lamplugh


More than anything else the sensation 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 (flying)


The desire to reach for the sky runs deep in our human psyche. ~Cesar Pelli


You know you’re a skydiver when you are thinking about taking all the but the driver’s seats out of your car. ~Author Unknown


If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving definitely isn’t for you. ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when you know what the lines mean on a weather map. ~Author Unknown


Skydive naked from an aeroplane.... ~Nikki Sixx, "Kickstart My Heart" (Mötley Crüe song)


Yeah, I knew a lot of those guys who parachute jumped at county fairs in the twenties and thirties, I just never knew any of them for very long. ~Fritz Orchard


People have always liked to be frightened. People love to feel that jolt of adrenaline. People love roller coasters. People love skydiving. These things that really get your heart pumping, and horror films are sort of a safe way to get that rush I guess. ~Aaron Stanford


If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul. ~Drew Barrymore


You know you’re a skydiver when your fiancée thinks you’re going to Paris on your honeymoon and you thought you actually convinced her to honeymoon in Perris. ~Author Unknown


You know you’re a skydiver when you buy anything you calculate how many skydives it will cost. ~Author Unknown


There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Once you’ve thrown your pilot chute, you’re done. It’s out of your hands. From that moment on you just enjoy the view or panic. ~Tim Rigby (BASE jumping)


Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open. ~Author Unknown


There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. ~Orson Welles


You know you’re a skydiver when you don’t remember your anniversary or your mother’s birthday, but you know down to the second how much accumulated free fall time you have. ~Author Unknown


The sky is not the limit — the ground is. ~Allen Roulston


You know you’re a skydiver when you analyze every flag you see in terms of it’s too windy/not too windy to jump. ~Author Unknown


I feel the need to endanger myself every so often. ~ Tim Daly


If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn’t open, and you friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming. ~Jack Handey


Why does one want to walk wings? Why force one’s body from a plane to make a parachute jump? Why should man want to fly at all? People often ask these questions. But what civilization was not founded on adventure, and how long could one exist without it? Some answer the attainment of knowledge. Some say wealth, or power, is sufficient cause. I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead. ~Charles Lindbergh



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