28 Remarkable Charles Lindbergh Quotes

28 Remarkable Charles Lindbergh Quotes

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Charles Lindbergh was an author, aviator, inventor, and explorer from Detroit, Michigan. He gained world fame after his award winning nonstop flight from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. The flight was over 3,500 miles and was the longest flight ever made in a single seat and single engine plane. Because he was in the U.S. Army Air Corps he was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his infamous flight. He died in 1974 at the age of 72.

“After my death, the molecules of my being will return to the earth and sky. They came from the stars. I am of the stars.”

“Aviation has struck a delicately balanced world, a world where stability was already giving way to the pressure of new dynamic forces, a world dominated by a mechanical, materialist,
Western European civilization.”

“But I have seen the science I worshipped and the aircraft I loved destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.”

“God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.”

“Here was a place where men and life and death had reached the lowest form of degradation. How could any reward in national progress even faintly justify the establishment and operation of
such a place?”

“I grow aware of various forms of man and of myself. I am form and I am formless, I am life and I am matter, mortal and immortal. I am one and many — myself and humanity in flux.”

“I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.”

“I owned the world that hour as I rode over it. free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.”

“I realized that the future of aviation, to which I had devoted so much of my life, depended less on the perfection of aircraft than on preserving the epoch-evolved environment of life, and
that this was true of all technological progress.”

“I stared at the very end of life, and at life that forms beyond, at the fact of immortality.”

“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.”

“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”

“Isn’t it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?”

“It is not the willingness to kill on the part of our soldiers which most concerns me. That is an inherent part of war. It is our lack of respect for even the admirable characteristics of
our enemy — for courage, for suffering, for death, for his willingness to die for his beliefs, for his companies and squadrons which go forth, one after another, to annihilation against our
superior training and equipment. What is courage for us is fanaticism for him. We hold his examples of atrocity screamingly to the heavens while we cover up our own and condone them as just
retribution for his acts.”

“It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.”

“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 men — 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 time.”

“Life — a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.”

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.”

“Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.”

“Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.”

“Now, all that I feared would happen has happened. We are at war all over the world, and we are unprepared for it from either a spiritual or a material standpoint. Fortunately, in spite of
all that has been said, the oceans are still difficult to cross; and we have the time to adjust and prepare.”

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.”

“Shall we now give up the independence we have won, and crusade abroad in a utopian attempt to force our ideas on the rest of the world; or shall we use air power, and the other advances of
modern warfare, to guard and strengthen the independence of our nation?”

“The forces of Hannibal, Drake and Napoleon moved at best with the horses’ gallop or the speed of wind on sail. Now, aviation brings a new concept of time and distance to the affairs of men.
It demands adaptability to change, places a premium on quickness of thought and speed of action.”

“The growing knowledge of science does not refute man’s intuition of the mystical. Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or in time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the
vaster and more marvelous it becomes.”

“The readiness to blame a dead pilot for an accident is nauseating, but it has been the tendency ever since I can remember. What pilot has not been in positions where he was in danger and
where perfect judgment would have advised against going?”

“To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.”

“What kind of man would live where there is no danger? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances. But nothing can be accomplished by not taking a chance at all.”