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The Wright brothers, Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers who were the inventors and pioneers of building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first human flight, on December 17, 1903. Wright Brothers Day is celebrated on December 17 annually in United States.

Following are the best Wright’s brother quotes, Orville Wright Quotes and Wilbur Wright Quotes.

Orville Wright Quotes


“A sudden dart when a little over a hundred feet from the end of the track, or a little over 120 feet from the point at which it rose into the air, ended the flight.”


“When the machine had been fastened with a wire to the track, so that it could not start until released by the operator, and the motor had been run to make sure that it was in condition, we tossed a coin to decide who should have the first trial. Wilbur won.”


“One of the Life Saving men snapped the camera for us, taking a picture just as the machine had reached the end of the track and had risen to a height of about two feet.”


“If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I?”


Orville Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


“If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.” Eyewitnesstohistory.com


“In just six weeks from the time the design was started, we had the motor on the block testing its power.”


“In our gliding experiments we had had a number of experiences in which we had landed upon one wing, but the crushing of the wing had absorbed the shock, so that we were not uneasy about the motor in case of a landing of that kind.”


“Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!”


“No data on air propellers was available, but we had always understood that it was not a difficult matter to secure an efficiency of 50% with marine propellers.”


Orville Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


“No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris …[because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.”


“The ability to do this so quickly was largely due to the enthusiastic and efficient services of Mr. C.E. Taylor, who did all the machine work in our shop for the first as well as the succeeding experimental machines.”


“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”


“The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine. The control of the front rudder was difficult on account of its being balanced too near the center.”


Orville Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”


“We estimated that we could make one of four cylinders with 4 inch bore and 4 inch stroke, weighing not over two hundred pounds, including all accessories.”


“We laid the track on a smooth stretch of ground about one hundred feet north of the new building.”


“We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity.”


“We were then satisfied that, with proper lubrication and better adjustments, a little more power could be expected. The completion of the motor according to drawing was, therefore, proceeded with at once.”


Orville Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


“When the motor was completed and tested, we found that it would develop 16 horse power for a few seconds, but that the power rapidly dropped till, at the end of a minute, it was only 12 horse power.”


“With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe.”


“With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds.”


 

Wilbur Wright Quotes


“Do not let yourself be forced into doing anything before you are ready.”


Wilbur Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


“I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.”


Pilot Quotes – Funny & Inspirational


“I confess that in 90 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.”


What Is Chiefly Needed Is Skill Rather Than Machinery. » Wilbur Wright


“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”


“Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.”


We Could Hardly Wait To Get Up In The Morning. » Wilbur Wright


“More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”


“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air.”


There Is No Sport Equal To That Which Aviators Enjoy While Being Carried Through The Air On Great White Wings. » Wilbur Wright


“The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.”


“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.”


It Is Possible To Fly Without Motors, But Not Without Knowledge And Skill. » Wilbur Wright


“We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.”


“What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery.”


Wilbur Wright Quotes Wright Brothers Day


 

Quotes About Wright Brothers


“Before the Wright brothers flew, flying was fantasy. Before the civil rights movement, people getting along together and the races being equal was a fantasy. Things change because we imagine a different world, a world that is not. And I think that imagination is one of the most important and defining aspects of human existence: our ability to imagine a world that is not.” » Brandon Sanderson


“Fear would have told the Wright brothers not to fly. Fear would have told Rosa Parks to change seats. Fear would have told Steve Jobs that people hate touchscreens.” » Jon Acuff


“If the Wright Brothers were alive today, Orville would have to lay off Wilbur.” » Robert Crandall


“In honoring the Wright Brothers, it is customary and proper to recognize their contribution to scientific progress. But I believe it is equally important to emphasize the qualities in their pioneering life and the character in man that such a life produced. The Wright Brothers balanced success with modesty, science with simplicity. At Kitty Hawk their intellects and senses worked in mutual support. They represented man in balance, and from that balance came wings to lift a world.” » Charles A. Lindbergh


If The Wright Brothers Were Alive Today, Orville Would Have To Lay Off Wilbur. » Robert Crandall


“On December 17, 1903, on a windy North Carolina beach for just shy of one hundred seconds, the Wright brothers demonstrated that a heavier-than-air, self-propelled vehicle could fly. The moment was electric and its importance widely understood. Almost immediately, there was an explosion of interest in this newfound technology of manned flight, and a gaggle of innovators began to build upon it.” » Lawrence Lessig


“Successful technologies often begin as hobbies. Jacques Cousteau invented scuba diving because he enjoyed exploring caves. The Wright brothers invented flying as a relief from the monotony of their normal business of selling and repairing bicycles.” » Freeman Dyson


“Tell him solitude is creative if he is strongand the final decisions are made in silent rooms.Tell him to be different from other peopleif it comes natural and easy being different.Let him have lazy days seeking his deeper motives.Let him seek deep for where he is a born natural.Then he may understand Shakespeareand the Wright brothers, Pasteur, Pavlov,Michael Faraday and free imaginationsBringing changes into a world resenting change.He will be lonely enoughto have time for the workhe knows as his own.” » Carl Sandburg


“The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” » Bill Gates


“The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.” » Dorothea Brande


“There was a wonderful little short four-year time period when marvelous things happened. It started in 1908, when the Wright brothers flew in Paris, and everybody said, ‘Ooh, hey, I can do that.’ There’s only a few people that have flown in early 1908. In four years, 39 countries had hundreds of airplanes, thousands of pilots.” » Burt Rutan


The Wright Brothers Flew Through The Smoke Screen Of Impossibility. » Dorothea Brande


“There’s a historical milestone in the fact that our Apollo 11 landing on the moon took place a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight.” » Buzz Aldrin Airandspace.si.edu


“When counting on learning from innovation, there are great successes but also failures. The Wright Brothersinvented the aircraft and started an amazing process of innovation, where we now have planes that carry 500 passengers. Along the way there were some silly looking vehicles that crashed early on.” » Sheldon Whitehouse


“When Lytle was born, the Wright Brothers had not yet achieved a working design. When he died, Voyager 2 was exiting the solar system. What does one do with the coexistence of those details in a lifetime’s view? It weighed on him.” » John Jeremiah Sullivan


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