Inspirational Quote of the Day: Practical Advice from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover


Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. Navy, directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of Naval Reactors. In addition, he oversaw the development of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor used for generating electricity.

Known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy”, Rickover’s profound effects on the Navy and its most powerful warships were of such scope that he “may well go down in history as one of the Navy’s most important officers.”[1] A naval officer who served in a flag rank for nearly 30 years – from 1953 to 1982 – Rickover was promoted to four-star admiral after 51 years of commissioned service. In total, with his unique personality, political connections, responsibilities, and depth of knowledge regarding naval nuclear propulsion, Rickover became the longest-serving naval officer in U.S. history with 63 years of active duty service.[2][3][4]

Rickover was born Chaim Godalia Rickover, to Abraham Rickover and Rachel (née Unger) Rickover, a Polish-Jewish family in Maków Mazowiecki, Poland, at that time ruled by the Russian Empire. His parents later changed his name to “Hyman,” which, like Chaim, is derived from Chayyim, meaning “life.” He did not use his middle name, Godalia (a form of Gedaliah), but when required to list one for the Naval Academy oath, he substituted “George”. The family name “Rickover” is derived from the village and the estate of Ryki, located within 100 kilometres (62 mi) of Warsaw, as is Maków Mazowiecki.

6 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: Practical Advice from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

    • LOL. I think this is the first or second Jew in a year or two that I’ve offered up in the quote feature.

      You should read his wikipedia entry. He was widely hated and despised for his unpleasant personality. As a kid I grew up being taught to worship him as being the father of the nuclear sub and a great man. I never had any idea he was a Jew until tonight.

      Anyway, he popped up in a search for an ancient greek presocratic philosopher whose name I can’t spell.

      • Toward the end of Rickover’s career, when “his unpleasant personality” caught up with him, he launched an investigation into the cause of the destruction of the USS Maine in Havana on Feb 15, 1898. To me, this looked like he was desperate for a cheap and easy victory and what could be easier than dramatically beating up on someone (the Maine’s captain, Charles Sigsbee) who is dead, whose supporters are dead, whose career involved technologies that are now obsolete (coal storage, manually stoked fire-tube boilers, reciprocating engines, prismatic brown gun powder) and for which the Navy has no-one with any experience.
        Among other things, Rivkover’s career is a dramatization of the old saying, “Be respectful of those you encounter on the way up because you are going to meet them again on the way back down”.

      • There have been many jew quotes here, I am too lazy to go back and count them. Much more than two in two years. Some were outed as jews after your post. Just because they are jews does not mean they are wrong.

        I propose that jews should get 2% of all attention on the Internet, 2% of all senior Govt jobs, 2% of Chief Executive jobs, 2% of federal reserve and all other banking jobs, 2% ownership of Hollywood studios and the (((MSM))). Plus only 2% of websites and blogs and comments.

  1. If you’re looking for quotes from a senior US Naval officer, how about these from Adm Grace M Hopper:

    If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
    Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.

    At the time of her retirement she was the longest-serving officer in the US Navy. The ceremony took place on the deck of the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.

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