We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.

— Robert Baden-Powell

The most floundering Robert Baden-Powell quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

597

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.

582

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.

448

Happiness is not mere pleasure, not the outcome of wealth.

It is the result of active work rather than passive enjoyment of pleasure.

425

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.

415

Try the Top 10 quotes and images by Robert Baden-Powell


Or check the curated lists with quotes from Robert Baden-Powell:
Quotes about Life

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.

387

Girls should be brought up to be comrades and helpers, not to be dolls.

They should take a real and not a visionary share in the welfare of the nation.

387

Leave this world a little better than you found it.

386

A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.

314

The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.

291

The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.

235

"Be Prepared." "Be prepared for what?" "Why, for any old thing."

186

About Robert Baden-Powell

Quotes 105 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

I have over and over again explained that the purpose of the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Movement is to build men and women as citizens endowed with the three H's namely, Health, Happiness and Helpfulness. The man or woman who succeeds in developing these three attributes has secured the main steps to success this Life.

128

Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster's own personal example.

121

O God, help me to win, but in thy wisdom if thou willest me not to win, then O God, make me a good loser.

102

Yet one more item is needed to complete success, and that is the rendering of service to others in the community. Without this the mere satisfaction of selfish desire does not reach the top notch.

86

The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.

70

When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.

67

The patrol system leads each boy to see that he has some individual responsibility for the good of his patrol.

66

I have known lots of millionaires who were not happy men;

they had not got all they wanted and therefore had failed to find success in life. A Singalese proverb says: "He who is happy is rich, but it does not follow that he who is rich is happy." The really rich man is the man who has fewest wants.

65

The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours.

64

A thing that many young fellows don't seem to realism at first is that success depends on oneself and not on a kindly fate, nor on the interest of powerful friends.

61

Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

59

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.

50

In a difficult situation one never-failing guide is to ask yourself: "What would Christ have done?" Then do it-as nearly as you can.

46

Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.

45

Sunday is a day of rest. Loafing is not rest.

44

Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science: rather it is a jolly game if you take it in the right light. In the same time it is educative, and (like Mercy) it is apt to benefit him that giveth as well as him that receives.

37

Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope.

37

I have often urged my young friends, when faced with an adversary, to "play polo" with him; i.e., not to go at him bald-headed but to ride side by side with him and gradually edge him off your track. Never lose your temper with him. If you are in the right there is no need to, if you are in the wrong you can't afford to.

35

The secret of getting successful work out of your trained men lies in one nutshell—in the clearness of the instructions they receive.

19

It is called in our schools 'beastliness', and this is about the best name for it... should it become a habit it quickly destroys both health and spirits; he becomes feeble in body and mind, and often ends in a lunatic asylum.

18

Varied are the ideas of what constitutes "success," e.

g. money, position, power, achievement, honours, and the like. But these are not open to every man-nor do they bring what is real success, namely, happiness.

11

The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.

6

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.

1

The happiest people I know as a nation are the Burmese;

their brightness and cheeriness are proverbial. Kindness to animals is one of their greatest 'weaknesses'; no Burmese will kill an animal, even if it is to put it out of pain.

0

Life would pall if it were all sugar;

salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.

0

Of course, animals have to be killed for food or to prevent their doing injury to others or to property. But such killing is too often carried out without regard to the pain inflicted.

0

Always do I recall the parting words uttered by my old governor: "My boy, never . . ." I won't set 'em down. I disregarded them fool-like and paid, and paid; had I a son I'd hand 'em on and ram 'em home. What fools we be when young. We fancy we be wise, forgetting that the old boys have graduated in the 'varsity of the world, the greatest 'varsity of all, and each day we should learn from they.

0

The most successful detectives owe their success to noticing small signs.

Scouts are natural detectives and never let the smallest detail escape them. These small things are called by Scouts 'Sign.'

0

Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader.

0

In assisting his 'neighbour' every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty, and kindness perpetually before him, the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.

0

If you make yourself indispensable to your employer, he is not going to part with you in a hurry no matter what it costs him.

0

From the boys' point of view, scouting puts them into fraternity-gangs, which is their natural organisation, whether for games, mischief, or loafing; it gives them a smart dress and equipments; it appeals to their imagination and romance; and it engages them in an active, open-air life.

0

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

0

There are thousands of boys being wasted daily to our country through being left to become characterless, and, therefore, useless wasters, a misery to themselves and an eyesore and a danger to the nation. They could be saved if only the right surroundings or environment were given to them at the receptive time of their lives.

0

Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.

0

The best workers, like the happiest livers, look upon their work as a kind of game: the harder they play the more enjoyable it becomes.

0

Living indoors without fresh air quickly poisons the blood and makes people feel tired and seedy when they don't know why. For myself, I sleep out of doors in winter as well as summer. I only feel tired or seedy when I have been indoors a lot. I only catch cold when I sleep in a room.

0
famous quotes