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Quotations: Skydiving & Air Sports

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NOTE: A few of these quotations are not specifically in the context of skydiving or air sports; however, the general sentiments are here borrowed 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

When your inner man complains and wants to put his trust in something, there is nothing quite as suitable as a gadget. The gadget will presumably work, while the same thing cannot always be said of one's intelligence or of one's own nerve. Air law says two 'chutes must be worn on "intentional jumps." It made you feel like a pack horse. But all to the good; as far as I was concerned, the more gadgets, the better. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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 went to the airport. First there was a little thing to sign, all typed out for me. I, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns would make no fuss, whatever happened. And they began to dress me up, goggles and 'chutes. We filed out of the hangar, one man ahead, one behind me, not unlike a condemned man's walk to the chair. At this moment, my whole past life flashed through my mind—Was there any evidence of mental disorder? There was the time when I wanted to quit school; there was the fact that at parties I get moody and contrary; but all that wasn't convincing. Had it perhaps broken out suddenly? Rapidly, I ran through uncles and aunts; no insanity in the family. I seemed to be sane. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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

I come to the forbidden edge.
I strap on the sheath of unfear and gird the strands of daring about me.
~Muriel Strode Lieberman (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: XXVI," A Soul's Faring, 1921

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

We rose across the familiar fields, swung around and climbed over the open country. A phrase went through my head: "I earnestly hope." At a thousand feet, the silliness of the enterprise had faded: now in the air, it was simply an aeronautical job to be done, and to be done with the usual aeronautical attitude—judgment, deliberation, control. At two thousand feet, that attitude had taken full possession of me; so much so that now if anything had seemed wrong, I would no longer have minded even calling the whole thing off and returning to the airport, the way a good flier sometimes will. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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

To sail on wings of unrestraint, there where there is no chart of the skies! ~Muriel Strode Lieberman (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

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

I looked down; half a mile down… I should like now to report hair-raising sensations. But actually I was cool—or perhaps the better word is dead. While I stood out there and looked down, my heart stopped pounding. It was the factor X again, coming in handy; I could feel no animalistic fear of falling, because I could get no animal sense of the depth. I could see the altimeter registering 2500 feet, but the position of a needle on a dial was evidence too thin and intellectual to give a good scare. The pilot nodded. I felt no reluctance. I let go of my hold, took hold of the ripcord ring over my heart, and with one long step walked out into the farms below. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

When the people look like ants — pull,
When the ants look like people — pray.
~Skydiving saying

You do not need a parachute to skydive — you only need a parachute to skydive twice. ~Author unknown

I fell and fell. I fell face downward, my left hand clawing at a cornfield, right hand on my heart, holding the ripcord. I fell so hard that I couldn't even be afraid; I was all filled out by one feeling, a feeling which, translated into colloquial language, was: "Oh, boy; oh, boy, here I go!" ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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

I held my breath, or rather my nerves did; they expected me presently to hit with terrific force, and to get hurt; because they had never known me to fall and then not hit and get hurt. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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. ~Skydiving joke

I pulled the ripcord handle. I gave it all I'd got. It came out with hardly any resistance, and went slack in my hand. I pulled it all the way out and stretched out my arm and held it far away from me, and grasped it hard; I must not lose it: point of aeronautical honor. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I've never been skydiving, but I have zoomed in on Google Earth really fast. ~Internet meme

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

Then there was a vision of laundry fluttering on a line. That was the silk, stringing out behind me. A gentle force seemed to lift me by the shoulders and pull me upright, much as one might pick up a child who has fallen, and I had just time to think, "Is that all?" Then the canopy opened. A bolt of energy struck down on my head, traveled down along my spine, my legs, and my feet, just as a crack travels along a whip. Something jerked me upward with a huge lift—a fish would feel that way when he is hooked. And I remember hearing myself groan—against that peculiar stillness. Then the forces subsided, and I was afloat. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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. ~Skydiving joke

I looked up at my 'chute; the simplest of all aircraft. It quivered, high above me, the merest handkerchief in size; it seemed incredible that so small a bit of silk should have so much holding power. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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!" ~Skydiving joke

You know you're a skydiver when on windy days you go to the drop zone anyway and bitch about the weather. ~Skydiving joke

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. ~Skydiving joke

I was well afloat with my magic carpet. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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

It is like flying in dreams, flying simply because you are light. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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. ~Skydiving joke

I flew... sliding along weightless, without footing, like a ghost. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

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. ~Helen Keller, Let Us Have Faith, 1940

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. ~Skydiving joke

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  [on flying —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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," 1988 (Mötley Crüe) ♫

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

Of all the sensations of air-faring, that is the most dreamlike—floating under a parachute. It begins with a wave of triumphal emotion which is standard accompaniment of everyone's first parachute jump and is unlike any other experience—there is in it the sudden deliverance from danger, also release from perhaps the most concentrated bit of waiting there is, and also exultation of being high up in the air, flying for once in silence, for once almost without a machine. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939

You know you're a skydiver when you buy anything you calculate how many skydives it will cost. ~Skydiving joke

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 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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

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

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

For — believe me — the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is — to live dangerously! ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), The Gay Science, "Book Four: St Januarius" (#283), translated by Josefine Nauckhoff

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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