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Top 16 Robert Falcon Scott Quotes (ROYAL NAVY)

Top 16 Most Famous Captain Robert Falcon Scott Quotes

“Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.”

Robert Falcon Scott
Hunger and fear are the only realities in dog life: an empty stomach makes a fierce dog.
Hunger and fear are the only realities in dog life: an empty stomach makes a fierce dog.
It is the work that matters, not the applause that follows.
It is the work that matters, not the applause that follows.
But take comfort in that I die at peace with the world and myself - not afraid.
But take comfort in that I die at peace with the world and myself – not afraid.
The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.
The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.

“We are all adventurers here, I suppose, and wild doings in wild countries appeal to us as nothing else could do. It is good to know that there remain wild corners of this dreadfully civilised world.”

Robert Falcon Scott
I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.
I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.
I may not have proved a great explorer, but we have done the greatest march ever made and come very near to great success.
I may not have proved a great explorer, but we have done the greatest march ever made and come very near to great success.
God help us, we can't keep up this pulling, that is certain. Amongst ourselves we are unendingly cheerful, but what each man feels in his heart I can only guess.
God help us, we can’t keep up this pulling, that is certain. Amongst ourselves we are unendingly cheerful, but what each man feels in his heart I can only guess.
I have done this to show what an Englishman can do.
I have done this to show what an Englishman can do.

“We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. For God’s sake, look after our people.”

Robert Falcon Scott
We are showing that Englishmen can still die with a bold spirit, fighting it out to the end.
We are showing that Englishmen can still die with a bold spirit, fighting it out to the end.
We are very near the end, but have not and will not lose our good cheer.
We are very near the end, but have not and will not lose our good cheer.
Fortune would be in a hard mood indeed if it allowed such a combination of knowledge, experience, ability, and enthusiasm to achieve nothing.
Fortune would be in a hard mood indeed if it allowed such a combination of knowledge, experience, ability, and enthusiasm to achieve nothing.
I fear we have shot our bolt - but we have been to Pole and done the longest journey on record.
I fear we have shot our bolt – but we have been to Pole and done the longest journey on record.

“We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past.”

Robert Falcon Scott

Robert Falcon Scott Short Biography

Born 6 June 1868, in Plymouth, Devon, England, Robert Falcon Scott was a British explorer and naval officer.

To prepare for the entrance examinations into naval training, Scott studied at Stubbington House School. Upon graduating he started his naval career as a cadet in 1881 at the age of thirteen and was part of the Royal Navy until 1897.

In 1901 Scott embarked on his first Antarctic expedition. Upon his return in September 1904, Scott became a popular hero among the masses and was promoted to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by King Edward VII for his efforts as an effective leader.

Scott would depart for his second Antarctic expedition in June 1910, in which he hoped to reach the South Pole. Entitled the Terra Nova Expedition, the trip would be essential to the study of the Ross Sea.

On January 17, 1912, Scott and his crew successfully reached the South Pole but encountered bad weather conditions on the trek back.

Searchers would tragically find Scott’s frozen body along with the bodies of several other crew members on November 12, 1912.

His widowed wife would go on to receive his knighthood for his courage and patriotism.

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