A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 27, 2012
“If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly” (gymnastics saying)

"If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly” appeared in the book The Secret of Letting Go (1990) by self-help author Guy Finley. The saying was initially used in business, but since about 2008 the “if you don’t leap...” saying has been popular in gymnastics.

A similar saying is “Gymnastics: Flying without wings.”


Wikipedia: Guy Finley
Guy Finley (born February 22, 1949) is an American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician.

Google Books
The Secret of Letting Go
By Guy Finley
St. Paul, MN:
Llewellyn
1990
Pg. 223:
If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.

Google Books
A Guide to Web Development Using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX with Fireworks MX and Flash MX
By Elaine Malfas, Beth Brown and Jan Marrelli
Pennington, NJ: Lawrenceville Press
2003
Pg. ?:
If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly. —Guy Finley

Today Is A Great Day!
Saturday, May 29, 2004
If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.

Build Your Business BIG Blog
A Plethora of Quotes
December 26, 2007 Sharilee
If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.
—Guy Finley

Yahoo! Answers
Gymnastics sayings?? quotes?? poems?? plz?
December 22, 2008
Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
(...)
don’t let sucess get to your head, or failure to your heart.
Seven days without gymnastics makes one weak”
“a bad day in the gym is better than a good day at school”
“If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.”

Yahoo! Answers
Anyone have any catchy gymnastics quotes?
I need ideas for a gymnastics T-shirt so if anyone has anything creative any help would be appreciated!
November 8, 2009
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Gymnastics: It’s what we do.
Gymnastics is life. The rest? It’s just details. (Or ‘The rest is just details.’ )
If gymnastics were at least somewhat easy, it would be called __________(the name of another sport. Usually football.)
Gymnasts get high without drugs.
iFly. iFlip. iBalance. iSwing. iVault. I am a gymnast.
If you don’t leap, you never will know how it feels to fly.
Gymnastics: Flying without wings.

Trampoline
gymgrlie911
Comment on Does anyone have any good gymnastics or trampolining sayings? (November 15th, 2010 at 22:21)
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“If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.”

Yahoo! Answers
Tumbling/Gymnastics quotes?
I need some quotes for tumbling/gymnastics for a project I’m doing for my tumbling group. Thanks!(:
June 17, 2011
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
If gymnastics was easy, it’d be called football.
If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly

Cleveland.com
OHSAA girls gymnastics: State tournament insider
Tim Rogers, Plain Dealer Reporter, March 03, 2012 1:06 a.m.
(...)
Best T-shirt slogan of the day
“If you don’t leap you’ll never know what it feels like to fly”—worn by several gymnasts.

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