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

— Eddie Rickenbacker

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


Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.


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


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.


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


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


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.


The sensation of dying is sweet, sensuous, placid.

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


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.


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


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.


About Eddie Rickenbacker

Quotes 31 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Aviator
Birthday October 16

When I look up and see the sun shining on the patch of white clouds up in the blue, I begin to think how it would feel to be up somewhere above it winging swiftly through the clean air, watching the earth below.


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


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


The smallest amount of vanity is fatal in aeroplane fighting.

Selfdistrust rather is the quality to which many a pilot owes his protracted existence.


The key to success, is to think things through and then follow through.


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


The experienced fighting pilot does not take unnecessary risks.

His business in to shoot down enemy planes, not to get shot down. His trained hand and eye and judgment are as much a part of his armament as his machinegun, and a fiftyfifty chance is the worst he will take or should take except where the show is of the kind that . . . justifies the sacrifice of plane or pilot.


The better I shoot, the less I have to maneuver.


If a thing is old, it is a sign that it was fit to live.

Old families, old customs, old styles survive because they are fit to survive. The guarantee of continuity is quality. Submerge the good in a flood of the new, and good will come back to join the good which the new brings with it. Old-fashioned hospitality, old-fashioned politeness, old-fashioned honor in business had qualities of survival. These will come back.


I pay those guys to fly, so let them fly. I'll be damned if I'll pay them to just sit there.


I believe that if you think about disaster, you will get it.

Brood about death and you will hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. This is the sure way to win victories over inner defeat. It is the way a humble person meets life or death.


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


I am not such an egotist as to believe that God has spared me because I am I.

I believe there is work for me to do and that I am spared to do it, just as you are.


The experienced fighting pilot does not take unnecessary risks.

His business is to shoot down enemy planes, not to get shot down.


I can see that aerial warfare is actually scientific murder.


Flying is one of the safest jobs in the Army as long as you don't drop out.

If you do drop out, you are a dead man, and dropping out means, usually, that you have made a mistake or let go of your grip.


Major Richard Bong was an example of the tragic and terrible price we must pay to maintain principles of human rights, of greater value than life itself. This gallant Air Force hero will be remembered because he made his final contribution to aviation in the dangerous role of test pilot of an untried experimental plane, a deed that places him among the stout-hearted pioneers who gave their lives in the conquest of sky and space.


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