With soaring quotes like these, you’ll be dreaming big and high in no time! What are you waiting for?
The most beautiful thing about flying is that you can’t hear anyone telling you that you can’t fly.
Ever since Icarus and Daedalus took to the air on wax-dipped wings, people have dreamed of soaring through the sky like birds – sometimes literally!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to your goals, dreams, and aspirations. There’s nothing you can’t achieve if you have the heart, determination, and drive to make it happen.
Here are 144 flying quotes from authors, writers, and artists who believe in flying – whether it’s literal or metaphorical – and who inspire others to try new things and achieve great heights.
These inspirational flying quotes are guaranteed to help you soar higher than ever before!
Short & Inspirational Flying Quotes
Enjoy your journey.
Find your fire.
Travel is the healthiest addiction.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Life is a journey. Enjoy the flight.
Anything can fly if it’s moving fast enough.
Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly.
Travel is always a good idea.
If feathers don’t ruffle, nothing flies.
Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
I’m afraid of flying. ―Allison Janney
Sleep less and dream more.
Life is meant not to be lived in just one place.
You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. ―Paul F. Crickmore
For humans, flying isn’t magic, it’s physics. ―Alan Alda
Life is short and the world is wide.
Dream discover travel.
Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
Travel because money returns, time doesn’t.
A good thought will brighten your day and a good deed will brighten someone else’s day.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Travel far enough to meet yourself.
Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you’ll fly.
My soul is in the sky. ―William Shakespeare
Travel before you run out of time.
Time is flying never to return.
On wings of wind came flying all abroad. ―Alexander Pope
The pilot who teaches himself has a fool for a student.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
My journey is my inspiration.
I want to make memories all over the world.
Travel the world.
If traveling was free, you would never see me again!
The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul. ―Walter Raleigh
A man who has no imagination has no wings.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
I feel sad for those who’re afraid of flying. They’re missing out!
Travelling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
Whenever I dream about flying, it’s the best feeling in the world. ―Kate M
A beautiful day beings with a beautiful mindset.
Flying feels like freedom.
Memories last a lifetime.
Don’t be afraid to fall. It’s necessary to learn how to fly.
If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.
When in doubt travel.
Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.
If you never go you will never know.
The good thing about flying solo is it’s never boring. ―Steve Fossett
The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly.
I put my phone in airplane mode, but it’s not flying!
Inspirational Flying Quotes to Lift You Up
Have you ever felt like you were soaring through life? Everything just seems to be going right, and you can’t help but feel like there are no limits on what you can accomplish? From time to time, we all feel like flying. And it’s amazing how much more successful we can be when we do! Here are some famous inspirational flying quotes that will inspire you to keep soaring in life.
I hate flying. Know why? Because no one really understands how planes actually work. ―Adam Levine
Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it.
The stars seemed near enough to touch and never before have I seen so many. I always believed the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, but I was sure of it that night. ―Amelia Earhart
All birds find shelter during the rain but the eagle avoids rain by flying high above the clouds. Problems are common but attitude makes the difference.
In the Alaska bush, I’d rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa. ―Kurt Wien
The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
It is only when you are flying above it that you realize how incredible the earth really is. ―Philippe Perrin
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ―Douglas Adams
You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams. ―Rita Rudner
What we want is clothing we think we can fly in. That’s why I opened the show with flying dresses. ―Alber Elbaz
Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind! ―Richard Bach
In America there are two classes of travel—first class, and with children. ―Robert Benchley
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. ―Mark Russell
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards. ―Leonardo Da Vinci
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
History will accept no excuses so climb the highest mountain swim the deepest sea and fly the whole world over.
Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death. ―Alexander Chase
Aviation is proof that given the will, we have capacity to achieve the impossible. ―Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
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
A home cook who relies too much on a recipe is sort of like a pilot who reads the plane’s instruction manual while flying. ―Alton Brown
The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets. ―Al McGuire
I thought I would keep it on the ground until I became familiar with it, but on account of the wind, I unexpectedly took to the air, and the first thing I knew, I was flying. ―Arthur P. Warner
Best Flying Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Pilot
What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. ―J. M. Barrie, ‘Peter Pan.’
Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are. ―Felix Baumgartner
The more bullets flying, the less accurate each individual slug has to be. ―Andrew Vachss
To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. ―Otto Lilienthal
Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price. ―Amelia Earhart
If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff? ―George Carlin
Take to the Skies with These Flying Quotes!
A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying. ―Louise Thaden
Fear paralyses you – fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is. ―Annie Lennox
I work best when there is adversity: I seem to get calmer the more the fur is flying. ―Andrea Arnold
How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. That ground – seconds away – thousands of miles away. ―Charles A. Lindbergh
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
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.
Did I ever tell you about a nasty habit that flight attendants pick up on the job? We learn to always keep smiling, even when we’re out of Bloody Mary mix. ―Eric Wald
I have to say that flying on Air Force One sort of spoils you for coach on a regular airline. ―Ron Reagan
Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror. ―Pappy Boyington
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
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute. ―George Bernard Shaw
A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things. ―Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
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
When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it. ―Henry Ford
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ―Friedrich Nietzsche
Best Flying Quotes to Get You Off the Ground
In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. However, there are no old, bold pilots.
The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one; and against two bombs, a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb. ―Benny Hill
There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly. ―Len Morgan
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.
Open your arms wide and let the breeze remind you of what it feels like to fly.
I don’t have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing. ―Billy Bob Thornton
Remember, you fly an airplane with you head, not your hands and feet.
I quit flying years ago. I don’t want to die with tourists. ―Billy Bob Thornton
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
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 DaVinci
If you’re ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don’t like what you see, turn’ em back off.
You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky. ―Amelia Earhart
I intend to leave this life so shattered there’s gonna have to be a thousand separate heavens for all of my flying parts. ―Andrea Gibson
Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? ―Frida Kahlo
If God had really intended men to fly, he’d have made it easier to get to the airport. ―George Winters
Learning to fly an airplane taught me a way of thinking, an approach to problem-solving that was applicable and effective. Pilots are very methodical and meticulous, and artists tend not to be. ―Chris Carter
Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.
You define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you are grateful. ―Paul Theroux
We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ―Luciano De Crescenzo
Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the ocean of air laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world. ―Welch Pogue
If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music… and of aviation. ―Tom Stoppard
Sometimes, flying feels too God-like to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see. ―Charles A. Lindbergh
Every time I fly and am forced to remove my shoes. I’m grateful Richard Reid is not known as the Underwear Bomber. ―Douglas Manuel
Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don’t have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what’s going on and what you should be involved in. ―Buzz Aldrin
If I could be a bird, I’d be a Flying Purple People Eater because then people would sing about me and I could fly down and eat them because I hate that song. ―Jack Handey
Resolutions are flying like snowflakes around here. ―Arlen Specter
I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport. ―Amy Johnson
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
There’s a lot of us out here that are birds, man. We all need to just fly. ―Travis Scott
The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm. ―Alexander Woollcott
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Why do some people fear flying?
It’s natural to feel apprehension before a big life change, especially when that change has the potential for injury or death. In this case, the risk of something going wrong in the air is very real. However, studies show that passengers are more likely to die driving from their homes to the airport than they are in a plane crash.
How safe are modern day flights?
The chance of an engine failure on any given flight might be as low as 1/10 million (or 0.0001%). But even if you fly 100 times per year, your chances of being involved in an accident are still just one in 10 million–higher than getting struck by lightning twice but not nearly as high as most people think it would be!
What is the fear of flying called?
Aviophobia. Those who suffer from aviophobia usually don’t like being so far up in the air, feeling small and out of control. Take-off can also make people uneasy due to increased speed, noise, vibration and anxiety over whether or not they’ll get off the ground successfully.
What can one do to avoid the fear of flights?
There are many things people can do to help alleviate their fears of flying. One way is to work through their anxieties and learn how airplanes work by reading books or taking courses. Mindfulness meditation practices such as focusing on breath, visualization, mindfulness walking or mindful exercise may also help ease feelings of unease.
How can you enjoy your flight?
First, look for cheap airline tickets; second, pack light; third, arrive early and take a stroll around the terminal; lastly, board early to avoid jet lag.
What are some famous quotes on flying?
Some of my favorite flying quotes are:
* Flying makes me feel weightless, liberated, and unrestricted. ―Diane Von Furstenberg
* A bird doesn’t sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song. ―William Butler Yeats
* Flying cannot be taught or bought. It is pure ecstasy. ―Gabriel García Márquez
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