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23 Famous Ernest Shackleton Quotes (ENDURANCE)

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Top 10 Most Famous Ernest Shackleton Quotes

“To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside death for months and never be sad – that’s the spirit that makes courage worth having.”

Ernest Shackleton
The questions are always more important than the answers.
The questions are always more important than the answers.
The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. Optimism is true moral courage.
The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. Optimism is true moral courage.
Opportunity of winning food and shelter, man can live and even find his laughter ringing true.
Opportunity of winning food and shelter, man can live and even find his laughter ringing true.
Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.
Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.
Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.
Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.
Need to put footstep of courage into stirrup of patience.
Need to put footstep of courage into stirrup of patience.
Teachers should be very careful not to spoil their pupils’ taste for poetry for all time by making it a task and an imposition.
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 you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.
If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.

“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 expectation of success.”

Ernest Shackleton

13 Inspirational Ernest Shackleton Quotes

“Men Wanted (for hire): For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

Ernest Shackleton
Men are not made from easy victories but based on great defeats.
Men are not made from easy victories but based on great defeats.
I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.
I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.
The world is a huge place. How will you know where you fit in unless you explore beyond your comfort zone?
The world is a huge place. How will you know where you fit in unless you explore beyond your comfort zone?
I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.
I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.
A man must shape himself to a new mark when the old one goes to ground.
A man must shape himself to a new mark when the old one goes to ground.
If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard.
If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard.
When things are easy, I hate it.
When things are easy, I hate it.
Better a live donkey than a dead lion.
Better a live donkey than a dead lion.
The only true failure would be not to explore at all.
The only true failure would be not to explore at all.
We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.
We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.
I had a dream when I was 22 that someday 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.
I had a dream when I was 22 that someday 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.

“No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn’t die out, it’s wiped out.”

Ernest Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton Short Biography

Born 15 February 1874, in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was a popular British Antarctic explorer.

He studied at Dulwich College at the age of 13, and although he disliked school, he placed 5th in a class of 31 students during his final term.

At 16 Shackleton joined the Navy and after spending four years at sea, became the second mate in August 1894.

In 1901 he joined naval officer and explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his first trek to the South Pole. Shackleton was sent home early due to health complications.

Upon returning to England in 1904, he would become a journalist but would be unsatisfied with the work. Shackleton started devising plans for a second Antarctic exploration.

When Shackleton returned from his second expedition, he was raised to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by King Edward VII on July 10, 1909, and in November of that year was knighted.

On August 1, 1914, aboard the Endurance, Shackleton would set sail for Antarctica for the third time.

December 5, 1914, would be the last time Shackleton and his crew would touch land for the next 497 days.

In January 1915, the Endurance would find itself trapped in ice, forcing Shackleton and his crew off the ship. Thanks to his exceptional leadership skills, Shackleton and all of his crew would survive the expedition.

Shackleton embarked on his fourth and final Antarctic expedition in 1921 but would die of a heart attack on January 5, 1922, at the age of 48.

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