Quotations About / On:
Turtles can fly! : Anyone can fly!
(Turtles can fly means to accomplish what is assumed to be impossible by conventional thinking. Turtles can fly in water.
Slow heavy crawling creatures can fly. Anyone can fly!)
Fly from the company of the wickedfly and turn not back.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 854 C....)
Sometimes words do fly in the sky but when words do fly in the sky, there are no keyboards to type.
To me it's still a greater miracle when a fly flies than when a human being undertakes to do so.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
What is your aim in philosophy?To shew the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe, Blackwell, second edition (1958). Philosophical Investigations, I, par. 309.)
The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
The life of man in this world is like the life of a fly in a room filled with 100 boys, each armed with a fly-swatter.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
(Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Nick Adams, in "Fathers and Sons," Winner Take Nothing (1932).)
I wanted to learn to fly, not because it was the smart thing to do in the 1920s, but because I was afraid of anything that flew.... I reasoned that if I learned to fly, I might conquer my fear of it. The remedy worked.
(Joy Bright Hancock (1898-1986), U.S. naval officer. Lady in the Navy, ch. 3 (1972).
In 1925, Hancock's husband of fifteen months had died in a plane crash. Here she was explaining why she became a student pilot in the late 1920s. Later, she would become an officer in the WAVES, the U. S. Navy's women's division.)
Opportunities are like birds, you miss them they fly away