Skydiving Quotes

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We who fly do so for the love of flying. We are alive in the air with this miracle that lies in our hands and beneath our feet.

— Cecil Day Lewis

It's more of a quote for the stick & rudder flying...but skydiving certainly makes me feel "alive in the air"

earthbound misfit

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My couple of favorites:

The wing is the corporeal element which is most akin to the divine, and which by nature tends to soar aloft and carry that which gravitates downwards into the upper region, which is the habitation of the gods.

PHAEDRUS by Plato, Part 02

"Mortals call him fluttering love,
But the immortals call him winged one,
Because the growing of wings is a necessity to him."

"It's just skydiving..additional drama is not required"
Some people dream about flying, I live my dream

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Well, this really isn't a serious quote, but it is a good one to use before you get on the next load.

"Napoleon once said you must do one thing before every battle. Take a leak."

Nothing sucks worse than having to hold it in during freefall.

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin

Ah that's just drunk talk, sweet beautiful drunk talk. - Barney Gumbal

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I've had this one memorized for over 20 years, every since I was a student:

"If I could retrieve
the fortune I have spent
Worrying where it came from,
not caring where it went
I could live the heady lifestyle
of Playboy magazine
I would see the worldly sights,
that still remain unseen."

"It must amount to thousands
I've squandered on the sport
The mark of any jumper
a balance close to nought
But if I had it back
in one financial lump
I'd go south in the winter
and jump and jump and jump."

- "Skies Call", Andy Keech, 1974.

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"Call 'Cut' above the engines drone
A step to windy quiet

Then sink with elevated feeling
Eternal space, no walls,
No ceiling

No earth below, expanse of cloud
The rare admixture, humble

Gentle pull and probe of air
Does it know, or even

That earth bound man at last has flown
Awed and frail
And alone."

- "Skies Call", Andy Keech, 1974.

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"They proved our hearts beat faster
as exit time draws near
Do they feel the graph is showing
man's self-inflicted fear
Do they smugly say 'he's human' as
they plot the upward surge
Do they know they're really reading
a jumper's primal urge?

Have the heard the staccato windblast
as each man goes through the door
Have they felt his wild excitement
as his body starts to soar
Can they read exhileration as
he rolls in slipstream's blast
Or know his pride in star work
when he makes it tenth and last?

Have they burst into sunlight
seen the colors that we know
As we search for clustered bodies
of our teammates far below
Then pitching down in clean pursuit
propelled by urgent need
And feel the air grow stiffer
in our ever mounting speed.

Have they lived the satisfaction
of riding someone's wake
The faster speed, his dumb surprise,
then pass to overtake
The giant's hand against the chest
the cushioned flair for air
To hover with the star and know
at last you're there.

- "Skies Call", Andy Keech, 1974.

I want to thank you for making me dig out this old photo book and looking at it again. I had forgotten how wonderful it is. :-)

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"Blow, wind! come, wrack! At least we'll
die with harness on our back." (Macbeth)

"I'll run from thee and hide me
in the brakes" (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

"O woe! Thy canopy is dust and stones" (Romeo and Juliet) (must have been jumping at Perris)

The only sure way to survive a canopy collision is not to have one.

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