I'm retired from the daredevil business.— Felix Baumgartner
The most pleasurable Felix Baumgartner quotes to get the best of your day
That spin became so violent, it was hard to know how to get out of it.
I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound...I could feel myself break the speed of sound. I could feel the air building up and then I hit it.
I started skydiving because I loved the idea of freedom.
It feels great to be on top of the world but the greatest feeling is when your feet are on the ground.
One of the most exciting moments was standing out on top of the world, 30 seconds before stepping off.
When you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble.
I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot.
If I do something, it's always 90% obvious and 10% unknown.
Aviation - and space travel, in particular - have always been especially captivating.
Extreme sport has only ever been about goals and the ways to achieve these goals. Adrenaline plays a part, but it's never in the foreground.
People are fascinated about the world above them because it seems so out-of-reach. My jump gave them an opportunity to come along for the ride. They could watch live on their screens how someone rises all the way up into the stratosphere.
I'm not an adrenaline junkie. It's never been about thrills for me. I'm just someone who loves a challenge.
If the Wright brothers hadn't put their lives on the line, we would not be flying around the world these days. So we need pioneers.
I can't bear the thought of my mother having to push me around in a wheelchair.
I'd rather die quickly.
I base jumped off the Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro.
I want to inspire the next generation.
I want to be in mission control with someone younger than me wanting to break my record.
I'm 100 percent sure I'm becoming a really good helicopter pilot.
I have no privacy anymore.
They call me Fearless Felix.
I base jumped off one of the highest buildings in the world.
Never accept your limitations - because there are NO limitations.
Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are.
I have a lot of fears that normal people have.
I always feel the danger because you might always be subject to an unexpected or emergency event.
I feel at home up in the air, just like sailors do at sea and climbers do in the mountains.
I'm now a member of a pretty small club.
I like to challenge myself.
You have seen on TV how hard it is to go up 129,000 feet and how hard it is to come down.
People are fascinated about the world above them because it seems so out-of-reach.
The only limit is the one you set yourself.
If something goes wrong, the only thing that might help you is God.
Well, I jumped for the first time when I was 16.
I just loved it and immediately realized that it was what I wanted to do.
I once wanted to be a stuntman. I was constantly on the front pages when I was a base jumper. But if I were a stuntman, my name would only appear right at the end of the closing credits, even though I'd risked my life for others.
As a little kid, I climbed a lot of trees because I always loved the bird's-eye view.
I always had the dream of flying, and the cheapest way is to become a skydiver.
I don't like to rate myself; others can do that. I've spoken with a number of young people who weren't even born in 1969, when the first moon landing was made. They've witnessed the first person to fly at faster than speed of the sound without propulsion. These kids are happy to have had such a momentous event in their lifetime.
Well, to me, my past accomplishments weren't crazy.
They required a lot of skill and careful planning.
I know the whole world is watching now.
And I wish the world could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to get up really high to understand how small you really are. I'm going home now.
I feel comfortable with what I do and I guess that my girlfriend feels the same.
This claustrophobia was the only weakness I had. It's not my fault. It's just in my mind.
Of course my life has changed because now everybody knows who Felix Baumgartner is.
I would've never dreamt that my skydive would trigger such gushing enthusiasm.
I still don't really understand exactly what I've accomplished, although I always suspected it would be a truly spectacular moment.
If you want to do something extraordinary, there's always risk involved.
I was always willing to take that risk.
Engage your life with enthusiasm; grasp your life aggressively and squeeze from it every drop of excitement, satisfaction, and joy.
When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive
The stratosphere is a hostile place.
I've done a lot of things in a business where you're lucky to stay alive, so when the time comes, I'll be happy to pass my knowledge along and help someone else.
Normally, when I skydive, even in winter, I wear very thin gloves.
I want to be flexible, with fast reactions.
We want to push mankind's boundaries out a little further.
I love a challenge, and trying to become the first person to break the speed of sound in freefall is a challenge like no other.