Eddie Rickenbacker, formally Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker

Eddie
Rickenbacker, formally Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker
1890
1973

American Fighter Ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient, Race Car Driver and Automotive Designer, Government Consultant in military matters and Pioneer in Air Transportation, particularly as head of Eastern Air Lines

Author Quotes

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.

There is something spiritual — I don't know what else to call it — in the feeling you get up there.

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

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.

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

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

One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you 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.

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

To contrive is nothing! To construct is something! To produce is everything!

The guarantee of continuity is quality.

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

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

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

Author Picture
First Name
Eddie
Last Name
Rickenbacker, formally Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker
Birth Date
1890
Death Date
1973
Bio

American Fighter Ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient, Race Car Driver and Automotive Designer, Government Consultant in military matters and Pioneer in Air Transportation, particularly as head of Eastern Air Lines