How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life. This is our modern danger one of the waxen wings of flight. It may cause our civilization to fall unless we act quickly to counteract it, unless we realize that human character is more important than efficiency, that education consists of more than the mere accumulation of knowledge.
Reader's Digest (November 1939), "Aviation, Geography, and Race," pp. 64-67.
I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.Charles Lindbergh
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.Charles Lindbergh
Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.Charles Lindbergh
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.Charles Lindbergh
I realized that the future of aviation, to which I had devoted so much of my life, depended less on the perfection of aircraft than on preserving the epoch-evolved environment of life, and that this was true of all technological progress.Charles Lindbergh
I owned the world that hour as I rode over it... free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.Charles Lindbergh
Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquest...Charles Lindbergh
Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?Charles Lindbergh
Shall we now give up the independence we have won, and crusade abroad in a utopian attempt to force our ideas on the rest of the world; or shall we use air power, and the other advances of modern warfare, to guard and strengthen the independence of our nation?Charles Lindbergh
The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish, and the Roosevelt Administration.Instead of agitating for war, Jews in this country should be opposing it in every way, for they will be the first to feel its consequences. Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.Charles Lindbergh
Here was a place where men and life and death had reached the lowest form of degradation. How could any reward in national progress even faintly justify the establishment and operation of such a place?Charles Lindbergh
What the German has done to the Jew in Europe, we are doing to the Jap in the Pacific.Charles Lindbergh
It was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of men — where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane; where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same time.Charles Lindbergh
If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.Charles Lindbergh
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.Charles Lindbergh
What kind of man would live where there is no danger? I don't believe in taking foolish chances. But nothing can be accomplished by not taking a chance at all.Charles Lindbergh
Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.Charles Lindbergh
[Science] "intensifies religious truth by cleansing it of ignorance and superstition.Charles Lindbergh
Life — a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.Charles Lindbergh
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