Quotes

"Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization."

 

"Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price."

 

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."

 

"...decide...whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying...."

 

"Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible."

 

"The field was wet, the lane was wet and the spirits of my mechanic and helper were damp."

 

"I lay no claim to advancing scientific data other than advancing flying knowledge. I can only say that I do it because I want to."

 

"Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense."

 

"My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes."

 

"Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture."

 

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."

 

"The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune." "It is far easier to start something than it is to finish it."

 

"One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren't routine, often don't get a fair break... It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity."

 

"Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things."

 

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."

 

"Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization."

 

"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."

 

"[Women] must pay for everything.... They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, also, women get more notoriety when they crash."

 

"In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful "break" was apt to lurk just around the corner."

 

"...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done--thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do."

 

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done."

 

"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."

 

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."

 

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

 

"Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do."

 

"Not much more than a month ago I was on the other shore of the Pacific, looking westward. This evening, I looked eastward over the Pacific. In those fast-moving days which have intervened, the whole width of the world has passed behind us - except this broad ocean. I shall be glad when we have the hazards of its navigation behind us."

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