Ernest Shackleton Quotes

Who was Ernest Shackleton?

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was a British polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic.

Born February 15, 1874
Died January 5, 1922
Aged 47 years old

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Best 13 Quotes by Ernest Shackleton

“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

“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 thought you'd rather have a live donkey than a dead lion.”

“If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard.”

“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.”

“Need to put footstep of courage into stirrup of patience.”

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“Optimism is true moral courage.”

“Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

“Through endurance we conquer.”

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“Just when things looked their worse, they changed for the best. I have marveled often at the thin line that divides success from failure and the sudden turn that leads from apparently certain disaster to comparative safety.”


“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.”


“We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”


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“The soul is who you are when you strip away the body, mind, and heart. Your soul has a potential that takes an entire lifetime to be fully realized.

When a couple are soul mates, when their souls recognize and love each other and they are attracted to each other physically, emotionally, and mentally, then this love not only can last but can continue to grow and become richer as the years pass.

This does not mean that everything will flow easily and effortlessly. It simply means you have the potential to be successful.”

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