No person who has not spent a period of his life in those 'stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole' will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man— Ernest Shackleton
The most sensitive Ernest Shackleton quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.
Men Wanted for Dangerous Expedition: Low Wages for Long Hours of Arduous Labour under Brutal Conditions; Months of Continual Darkness and Extreme Cold; Great Risk to Life and Limb from Disease, Accidents and Other Hazards; Small Chance of Fame in Case of Success.
We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders.
We had reached the naked soul of man.
I called to the other men that the sky was clearing, and then a moment later I realized that what I had seen was not a rift in the clouds but the white crest of an enormous wave.
(Was he talking about a polar expedition, or marriage?) -Jorge Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.
I seemed to vow to myself that some day I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball turns.
I do not know what 'moss' stands for in the proverb , but if it stood for useful knowledge... I gathered more moss by rolling than I ever did at school.
Optimism is the true moral courage
The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distant surf.
Standing on the stirring ice one can imagine it is disturbed by the breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below.
I thought you'd rather have a live donkey than a dead lion.
One feels 'the dearth of human words, the roughness of mortal speech' in trying to describe things intangible.
Teachers should be very careful not to spoil their pupils' taste for poetry for all time by making it a task and an imposition.
If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard.
Now my eyes are turned from the South to the North, and I want to lead one more Expedition. This will be the last... to the North Pole.
Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.
After months of want and hunger, we suddenly found ourselves able to have meals fit for the gods, and with appetites the gods might have envied.
I chose life over death for myself and my friends.
.. I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all.
Loneliness is the penalty of leadership, but the man who has to make the decisions is assisted greatly if he feels that there is no uncertainty in the minds of those who follow him, and that his orders will be carried out confidently and in the expectation of success.
From the sentimental point of view, it is the last great Polar journey that can be made.
When things are easy, I hate it.
I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.
Life to me is the greatest of all games.
The danger lies in treating it as a trivial game, a game to be taken lightly, and a game in which the rules don't matter much. The rules matter a great deal. The game has to be played fairly or it is no game at all. And even to win the game is not the chief end. The chief end is to win it honorably and splendidly.
If you're a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you've got to keep going.
After the conquest of the South Pole by Amundsen who, by a narrow margin of days only, was in advance of the British Expedition under Scott, there remained but one great main object of Antarctic journeying - the crossing of the South Polar continent from sea to sea
A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.