Eddie Rickenbacker

1890 - 1973

A Quote by Captain Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker on character, imagination, independence, individuality, and nations

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

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)

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A Quote by Captain Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker on courage

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

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)

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A Quote by Captain Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker on friendship

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

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)

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A Quote by Captain Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker on business, good, honor, hospitality, quality, and survival

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.

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)

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A Quote by Captain Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker on business, day, drinking, experience, facts, food, hunger, meetings, organize, prayer, and water

. . . we saw nothing in the way of searching planes or ships. . . . the second day out we organized little evening and morning prayer meetings. . . . Frankly and humbly we prayed for our deliverance. After the oranges were gone, we experienced terrific pangs of hunger, and we prayed for food. We had a couple of little fish lines with hooks about the size of the end of my little finger, but no bait. Were it not for the fact that I have seven witnesses, I wouldn't dare tell this story because it seems so fantastic. Within an hour after prayer meeting on the eighth day, a sea gull came out of nowhere and landed on my head. I reached up my hand very gently and got him. We wrung his head, feathered him, carved up his carcass and ate every bit, even the little bones. We distributed and used his innards for bait. Captain Cherry caught a little mackerel about six or eight inches long and I caught a little speckled sea bass about the same size, so we had food for a couple of days. . . . That night we ran into our first rainstorm. Usually you try to avoid a black squall, but in this case we made it our business to get into it and catch water for drinking. . . . Later we were able to catch more water and build up our supply. . . .

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)

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