portrait of Charles Lindbergh
Standing with Spirit of St. Louis, 31 May 1927

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Quotes of the Day for 4 February 2003 – Charles Lindbergh

Charles August Lindbergh was born at Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1902. He grew up on a Minnesota farm and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, but left to work in an aircraft factory. He first flew in 1922, went to work for a barnstormer performing as a wing walker, and bought his own first plane in 1923. He barnstormed himself, delivered the mail, and took a commission in the Reserves. Like many others, including four who had died trying, he was challenged by a prize of $25,000 to the first pilot to fly from Long Island, New York to Paris. He raised money from Saint Louis businesses and commissioned "The Spirit of Saint Louis" from the Ryan Airlines Company of San Diego. Before the flight, newspapers called him "the flying fool." When he returned he was known as "Lucky Lindy" and the "Lone Eagle." The flight had taken 33 and a half hours, his big problems were getting the plane, overloaded with fuel, off the ground and then staying awake through the night.

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The quotes:

Life [is] 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.

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.

What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.

Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
     - All from Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 1902 - 1974

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