„But remember this, Japanese boy… airplanes are not tools for war. They are not for making money. Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality.“

Source: The Wind Rises

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„I would want a dreaming machine that dreams up the most beautiful dreams and then show me exactly how to make them a reality…This is the eternal conundrum: the visualization of desires (dreams), and then the dissonance between that and reality.“

—  Sally Wen Mao Chinese-born American poet

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„Dream beautiful dreams and then work to make those dreams come true.“

—  Spencer W. Kimball President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1895 - 1985

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„While other boys dreamed of becoming generals, cowboys, mountain climbers, explorers, and engineers, I wanted to be a Chinese villain“

—  Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973

Source: In My Own Way: An Autobiography 1915-1965 (1972), p. 63-64
Context: At about the age of eleven, I was reading the thrillers of Sax Rohmer and Edgar Wallace concerning Dr. Fu Manchu and other sophisticated Chinese villains, nurturing a secret admiration for these gentlemen because of their opposition to the suet-pudding heroism of our own culture, and because of their refined and mysterious style of life. While other boys dreamed of becoming generals, cowboys, mountain climbers, explorers, and engineers, I wanted to be a Chinese villain. I wanted servants carrying knives in their sleeves, appearing or vanishing without the slightest sound. I wanted a house with secret doors and passages, with Coromandel screens, with ancient scrolls, with ivory and lacquer boxes of exotic poisons, with exquisite brands of tea, with delicate blue porcelain, with jade idols and joss-sticks, and with sonorous gongs.

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„Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.“

—  Ferdinand Foch French soldier and military theorist 1851 - 1929

Les avions sont des jouets intéressants mais n'ont aucune utilité militaire
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„Nothings gonna happen it's simply an airplane.“

—  Jessica Dubroff American child pilot trainee 1988 - 1996


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„Yes ssjjure, it is Fffriesland, seen from an airplane.“

—  Gerrit Benner Dutch painter 1897 - 1981

Jawel, het is Ffffriesland, gezien uit een vliegmasjien.
Quote of Gerrit Benner (early 1950's); as cited in 'Gerrit Benner geboeid door Friese wolkenluchten', Sytse Singelsma http://www.fryslan1.frl/2015/03/04/nieuwe-pagina/, 4 March 2015
Benner's stammering response, when young inhabitants of Leeuwarden criticized him on painting their Friesland as just one simple green surface
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„Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine“

—  Elvis Presley American singer and actor 1935 - 1977

Variant: Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

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„I was in Japan a couple of months ago, I saw a preview for the movie Pearl Harbor. And they showed the Japanese airplanes coming in to bomb Pearl Harbor, and I applauded. Nobody else in the theater applauded.“

—  Bobby Fischer American chess prodigy, chess player, and chess writer 1943 - 2008

Radio Interview, July 6 2001 http://www.geocities.jp/bobbby_b/mp3/F_18_3.MP3

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