The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.

— Alberto Santos-Dumont

The most dreamy Alberto Santos-Dumont quotes that will inspire your inner self

Now my playmates never failed to wink and smile mockingly at me when one of them called 'Man flies!' for at the word I would always lift my finger very high, as a sign of absolute conviction; and I refused with energy to pay the forfeit. The more they laughed at me, the happier I was, hoping that some day the laugh would be on my side.


To propel a dirigible balloon through the air is like pushing a candle through a brick wall.


I never thought that my creation, would allow brothers to kill brothers.

(after seeing his invention being used in war, The Airplane) Alberto Santos-Dumont