Eddie Rickenbacker Quotes


There is a peculiar gratification in receiving congratulations from one's squadron for a victory in the air. It is worth more to a pilot than the applause of the whole outside world.

Within the next few decades autos will have folding wings that can be spread when on a straight stretch of road so that the machine can take to the air.

The smallest amount of vanity is fatal in aeroplane fighting. Selfdistrust rather is the quality to which many a pilot owes his protracted existence.

Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do.

Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith and life become more secure more fraught with action richer in experience and achievement.

I can see that aerial warfare is actually scientific murder.

I am not a labor hater.

Fighting in the air is not sport. It is scientific murder.

Some friends are better shots than are casual enemies.

The biggest lesson I've learned . . . was that if you have all the fresh water you want to drink and all the food you want to eat you ought never to complain about anything.

I'll fight like a wildcat until they nail the lid of my pine box down on me.

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative Imagination Individuality and Independence.

I've cheated the Grim Reaper more times than anyone I know.

I've cheated the Grim Reaper more times than anyone I know and I'll fight like a wildcat until they nail the lid of my pine box down on me.

If a thing is old it is a sign that it was fit to live. The guarantee of continuity is quality.

I don't care what you cover the seats with as long as you cover them with assholes.

Never count on the crowd to take care of you.

I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars.

The sensation of dying is sweet sensuous placid.

In this business you find the enemy then go after and destroy him. Everything else is rubbish!

It is the easiest thing in the world to die. The hardest is to live.

The sensation of dying is sweet sensuous placid. It is the easiest thing in the world to die. The hardest is to live.

The experienced fighting pilot does not take unnecessary risks. His business is to shoot down enemy planes not to get shot down.

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through - then follow through.

Flying saucers are real. Too many good men have seen them that don't have hallucinations.

I shall never ask any pilot to go on a mission that I won't go on.

Let the moment come when nothing is left but life and you will find that you do not hesitate over the fate of material possessions.

The better I shoot the less I have to maneuver.

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.