„When one steals a flying balloon and animates it to fly over Paris, one should, ideally, have some idea how said balloon normally works.“

Source: The Runaway Queen

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„The group of sorcerers who form the support for our elegant lady are more for ornament than real use. Some heads are so charged with inflammable gas that they have no need for balloons or sorcerers in order to fly away.“

—  Francisco De Goya Spanish painter and printmaker (1746–1828) 1746 - 1828

a note on an etching-plate, 1795/96; as quoted in Francisco Goya, Hugh Stokes, Herbert Jenkins Limited Publishers, London, 1914, p. 195
Plate 61 of 'Los Caprichos' represents a beautiful lady flying with outstretched arms in butterfly fashion, but supported at the feet by three grotesque creatures crouched in the attitude of the carved misers under monkish stalls. Upon a copy of this plate Goya scrawled this note
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„Seeing John Major govern the country is like watching Edward Scissorhands try to make balloon animals.“

—  Simon Hoggart English journalist and broadcaster 1946 - 2014

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„When you fly a balloon you don’t file a flight plan; you go where the wind goes. You feel like part of the air. You almost feel like part of eternity, and you just float along.“

—  Jeannette Piccard American balloonist, scientist, teacher and priest 1895 - 1981

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„To design a flying machine is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything.“

—  Otto Lilienthal German aviation pioneer 1848 - 1896

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„Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then, oh why can't I?“

—  Yip Harburg American song lyricist 1896 - 1981

'"Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Context: Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then, oh why can't I?

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