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"If we can just dodge the ground, we'll be fine."
— Fighter, 8-Bit Theater
"The way I figure it, the fall doesn't kill you. The ground does. So I blocked it."
Sheldon: Lois Lane is falling, accelerating at an initial rate of 32 feet per second per second. Superman swoops down to save her by reaching out two arms of steel. Miss Lane, who is now traveling at approximately 120 miles an hour, hits them and is immediately sliced into three equal pieces.
Leonard: Unless Superman matches her speed and decelerates.
Sheldon: In what space, sir, in what space? She's two feet above the ground. Frankly, if he really loved her, he'd let her hit the pavement. It'd be a more merciful death.
Rincewind: I'm not going to ride on a magic carpet! I'm afraid of grounds!
Conina: You mean heights. And stop being silly.
Rincewind: I know what I mean! It's the grounds that kill you!
Arthur Dent: It's not a question of whose habitat it is, it's a question of how hard you hit it!
Bird that Arthur is dangling from: When you land, swing your knees 'round, try and roll with it!
"Falling's not a problem,
when I'm falling I'm at peace.
It's only when I hit the ground
that causes all the grief."
— Florence + the Machine, Falling
"You know, Spider-Man and Superman make it look so damn easy. Why doesn’t the person falling three hundred feet get a broken neck, or at least a whole stack of cracked ribs, when Spidey snags her with a web?"
"Now depression's not a million laughs, but suicide's too dangerous,
Don't go leapin' off of buildings in the middle of the night.
It's not the fall, but landin',
That'll alter social standin',
So go first and ask your father, and I'm sure he'll set you right."
—Andy M. Stewart, Take Her In Your Arms
"It ain't the fall that get you. It's the sudden stop at the bottom."