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Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through - then follow through.
When I look up and see the sun shining on the patch of white clouds up in the blue, I begin to think how it would feel to be up somewhere above it winging swiftly thought the clear air, watching the earth below, and the men on it, no bigger than ants.
There is a peculiar gratification in receiving congratulations from one's squadron for a victory in the air. It is worth more to a pilot than the applause of the whole outside world.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.
The experienced fighting pilot does not take unnecessary risks. His business is to shoot down enemy planes, not to get shot down.
The obviously inexperienced pilot is the game the scientific air-fighter goes after, and the majority of victories are won that way. But, on the other hand, it is the novice usually who gets the famous ace by doing at some moment the unexpected thing.
When I was racing, I had learned that you can't set stock in public adoration or your press clippings. By the time I was 26, I'd heard crowds of 100,000 scream my name, but a week later they couldn't remember who I was. You're a hero today and a bum tomorrow - hero to zero, I sometimes say.
Fighting in the air is not a sport. It is scientific murder.
It is the easiest thing in the world to die. The hardest is to live.
The excitement of automobile racing did not compare with what I knew must come with aeroplane fighting in France.
Flying is one of the safest jobs in the Army as long as you don't drop out. If you do drop out, you are a dead man, and dropping out means, usually, that you have made a mistake or let go of your grip.
Long practise in driving a racing car at a hundred miles an hour or so gives first-class training in control and judging distances at high speed and helps tremendously in getting motor sense, which is rather the feel of your engine than the sound of it, a thing you get through your bones and nerves rather than simply your ears.
I shall never ask any pilot to go on a mission that I won't go on.
I've cheated the Grim Reaper more times than anyone I know.
Never count on the crowd to take care of you.
I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars.
I'll fight like a wildcat until they nail the lid of my pine box down on me.
Some friends are better shots than are casual enemies.
Sports of every sort had always appealed to me.
The sensation of dying is sweet, sensuous, placid.
I am not a labor hater.
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