Airplanes are so common and yet pretty amazing at the same time. Here are some quotes about airplanes and flying in general that will get you thinking.


1. “That’s the thing about flying: You could talk to someone for hours and never even know his name, share your deepest secrets and then never see them again.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

2. “But remember this, Japanese boy… airplanes are not tools for war. They are not for making money. Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality.”
― Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises

3. “Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff?”
― Steven Wright

4. “I don’t use airplane bathrooms. As a rule. And I really don’t like breaking rules. (It’s kind of one of my rules.) I mean, if I’m going to plummet to my death, it’s not going to be with my pants around my ankles.”
― Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be

5. “So,” the woman asks, digging through her purse and emerging with a pair of foam earplugs, “how did you two meet?”
They exchange a quick glance.
“Believe it or not,” Oliver says, “it was in an airport.”
“Oh how wonderful!” she exclaims, looking positively delighted. “And how did it happen?”
“Well” he begins, sitting up a bit taller, “I was being quite gallant, actually, and offered to help her with her suitcase. And then we started talking and one thing lead to another…”
Hadley grins “And he’s been carrying my suitcase ever since.”
“It’s what an true gentlemen would do,” Oliver says with an exaggerated modesty.
“Especially the really gallant ones.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

6. “The plane had lost power in all three engines, dropped from thirty-four thousand feet to twelve thousand feet. Something like four miles. When the steep glide began, people rose, fell, collided, swam in their seats. Then the serious screaming and moaning began. Almost immediately a voice from the flight deck was heard on the intercom: “We’re falling out of the sky! We’re going down! We’re a silver gleaming death machine!” This outburst struck the passengers as an all but total breakdown of authority, competence and command presence and it brought on a round of fresh and desperate wailing.”
― Don DeLillo, White Noise

7. “To some people, there is no noise on earth as exciting as the sound of three or four big fan-jet engines rising in pitch, as the plane they are sitting in swivels at the end of the runway and, straining against its brakes, prepares for takeoff. The very danger in the situation is inseparable from the exhilaration it yields. You are strapped into your seat now, there is no way back, you have delivered yourself into the power of modern technology. You might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
― David Lodge, Small World

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