I did everything by the seat of my pants. That’s why I got hurt so much.
I think through education, belief in God, and good engineering, our children become a lot better at what they’re doing than we did, and that starts with the very first sign of life on the face of this earth.
Risk is good. Not properly managing your risk is a dangerous leap.
I think these shows with the young kids doing these jumps, doing these fantastic back flips, I think they’re absolutely great. They did what I never did.
I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.
Unless we do things in this country to slow down our population, slow down our birth control, provide better water for people, provide power for people, we’re gonna find out that the next wars are not going to be fought over diamonds, gold and political things.
In the old days they, the promoters, wanted more and more from me. They wanted me to jump or spill my blood and break my bones. Every time they wanted me to jump further, and further, and further. Hell, they thought my bike had wings.
A man can fall many times in life, but he’s never a failure until he refuses to get back up.
I went through life big-bang-banda-boom-bada-boom.
I’m not a jack of all trades; I’m a master of many. I don’t feel there is anything I can’t do if I want to.
When I hit that pavement at 70 or 80 mph those suits just ripped.
I know guys in my hometown that drive by feel and sound.
My wife and I, we like to ride where there’s not much traffic.
Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it
I know that I’m very lucky to be alive. For 35 or 40 years I’ve spilt my blood and broke my bones and spent years in hospitals.
I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I’d never run out of nerve. Never.
Bones heal, pain is temporary, and chicks dig scars
I can say the Lord’s prayer in 10 seconds.
If it is possible, it is done. If it is impossible… it will be done.
If I’m out trailriding, I have a favorite motorcycle. Riding on the road, I’ve got a favorite. If I’m jumping, I have a favorite, and if I’m racing, I have a favorite.
I always knew how to draw a crowd.
If you don’t know about pain and trouble, you’re in sad shape. They make you appreciate life.
This is a year and a few months after the transplant. Before I had it my doctors told me that it would be the biggest thing that I ever had to face and believe me, when they take your liver out of ya and put another one in it’s like replacing a football in your stomach.
I’ve always lived by the creed that you’re never a failure in life when you fall as long as you try and get up.
She (my ex-wife) wanted me to stop being Evel Knievel. I am who I am. I’m not going to change. I’ll settle down the day they put me in a six-foot pine box.
I don’t have any problems in life, just situations.
I created Evel Knievel, and then he sort of got away from me.
I foresee the Chinese ruling the world. What are you going to do to stop it? No president of the United States will ever have enough power to stop the Chinese when they want to take over the world.
My own judgment of how the world is gonna end is that there will be a country led by a madman that will build a nuclear bomb with so much force, so much power, that it will be dropped somewhere on the face of this earth and that the earth will lose its place.
But you come to a point in your life when you can’t pull the trigger anymore.
People pay a million dollars to be recognized, but nobody cares about them. They cared about me because I did things other men were afraid to do. That’s why my fans identified with me.
I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.
I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I’ll tell ya something. All Elvis did was stand on a stage and play a guitar. He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph.
I am a lucky, lucky person.
You can’t ask a guy like me why [I performed]. I really wanted to fly through the air. I was a daredevil, a performer. I loved the thrill, the money, the whole macho thing. All those things made me Evel Knievel. Sure, I was scared. You gotta be an ass not to be scared. But I beat the hell out of death.