" Hauteville House, on March 9, 1869.
I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life. There where ends the air column which prevents our machine to burst, the human has to stop. But he can, owes, and wants to go to there, and he will go. You can do it. I take the biggest interest in your useful and brave perpendicular journeys. You ingenious and fearless companion, Mr W. de Fontevielle, has as Mr. Victor Meunier the superior instinct of the true science. I would have the magnificent taste of the scientific adventure. Adventure in the fact, the hypothesis in the idea, here is the two big processes of discovery. Certainly, the future is for air navigation and the duty of the present is to work for the future. You are just now endorsing this duty. I, solitary person, but attentive, I am your eyes and I say to you : Courage! Victor Hugo. "
Letter sent to the famous aeronaut Gaston Tissandier.
" It's only with heart that One sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. "
The Little Prince.
" Earth learns us longer on us than all the books. Because it resists to us. The human confides when he confronts the obstacle. But to reach it, he needs a tool. He needs a plane, or a plough. The farmer in the ploughing, extracts some secrets from the nature, and the truth he finds is universal. Also the plane, the air tool of connections, involves human being with all the old problems. "
Wind, Sand and Stars.
" Never stop being a kid Richard. Never stop tasting and feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and the sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask, if you must, to protect the kid from the world , but if you let that kid disappear, buddy, you are grown up and you are dead. "
Nothing by chance.
" As soon as he learns to fly, the pilot discovers that, after all, cars below, are really toys. The more one rises, the more one sees far and by far; business, crises of those that collide to the ground are all the less important. "
" The sky does not misunderstand. The sky does not judge. The sky, very simply is. "
A gift of wings.