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“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“Take it all in all, I do not believe anybody on Earth has it worse than an Emperor penguin.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“Accept yourself: be yourself. That seems a good rule. But which self? Even the simplest of us are complicated enough.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“I might have speculated on my chances of going to Heaven; but candidly I did not care. I could not have wept if I had tried. I had no wish to review the evils of my past. But the past did seem to have been a bit wasted. The road to Hell may be paved with good intentions: the road to Heaven is paved with lost opportunities.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“It is really not desirable for men who do not believe that knowledge is of value for its own sake to take up this kind of life. The question constantly put to us in civilization was and still is: "What is the use? Is there gold? or Is there coal?" The commercial spirit of the present day can see no good in pure science: the English manufacturer is not interested in research which will not give him a financial return within one year: the city man sees in it only so much energy wasted on unproductive work: truly they are bound to the wheel of conventional life.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“And if the worst, or best, happens, and Death comes for you in the snow, he comes disguised as Sleep, and you greet him rather as a welcome friend than a gruesome foe.”
Aspley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“I am glad The Worst Journey is coming out in Penguins: after all it is largely about penguins.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“We are a nation of shop keepers. ”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“Those Hut Point days, would prove some of the happiest of my life. Just enough to eat and keep warm, no more - no frills or trimmings: there is many a worse and more elaborate life...the luxuries of civilisation satisfy only those wants which they themselves create.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“committing suicide, both for your own sake and that of your companions. Both sexually and socially the polar explorer must make up his mind to be starved. To what extent can hard work, or what may be called dramatic imagination, provide a substitute? Compare our thoughts on the march; our food dreams at night; the primitive way in which the loss of a crumb of biscuit may give a lasting sense of grievance. Night after night I bought big buns and chocolate at a stall on the island platform at Hatfield station, but always woke before I got a mouthful to my lips; some companions who were not so highly strung were more fortunate, and ate their phantom meals. And the darkness, accompanied it may be almost continually by howling blizzards which prevent you seeing your hand before your face. Life in such surroundings is both mentally and physically cramped; open-air exercise is restricted and in blizzards quite impossible, and you realize how much you lose by your inability to see the world about you when you are out-of-doors. I am told that when confronted by a lunatic or one who under the influence of some great grief or shock contemplates suicide, you should take that man out-of-doors and walk him about: Nature will do the rest. To normal people like ourselves living under abnormal circumstances Nature could do much to lift our thoughts out of the rut of everyday affairs, but she loses much of her healing power when she cannot be seen, but only felt, and when that feeling is intensely uncomfortable. Somehow in judging polar life you must discount compulsory endurance; and find out what a man can shirk, remembering always that it is a sledging life which”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“Generally the risks were taken, for, on the whole, it is better to be a little over-bold than a little over-cautious, while always there was a something inside urging you to do it just because there was a certain risk, and you hardly liked not to do it. It is so easy to be afraid of being afraid!”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“Exploration is the physical expression of the Intellectual Passion”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“I for one, had come to that point of suffering at which I did not really care if only I could die without much pain. They talk of the heroism of the dying - the little they know - it would be so easy to die, a dose of morphia, a friendly crevasse, and blissful sleep. The trouble is to go on...”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“From the masthead one can see a few patches of open water in different directions, but the main outlook is the same scene of desolate hummocky pack.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“As it was he had moods and depressions which might last for weeks. And of these there is ample evidence in diary. The man with the nerves gets things done but sometimes he has a terrible time in doing them. " Written about Scott in Chapter 6”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913
“He remarked afterwards to me, apropos to Hooper, that it was a curious thing that a number of men, knowing that there was nothing they could do, could quietly watch a man fighting for his life, and he did not think that any but the British temperament could do so.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“But we wasted our man-power in one way which could have been avoided. I have described how every emergency was met by calling for volunteers, and how the volunteers were always forthcoming. Unfortunately volunteering was relied on not only for emergencies, but for a good deal of everyday work that should have been organised as routine; and the inevitable result was that the willing horses were overworked. It was a point of honour not to ca' canny. Men were allowed to do too much, and were told afterwards that they had done too much; and that is not discipline. They should not have been allowed to do too much. Until our last year we never insisted on a regular routine.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“The point, one begins to see, was not merely to survive; it was to come through intact, true to one’s most decent self — in short, to survive as English gentlemen.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a Heaven for? R. Browning, Andrea del Sarto.”
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913


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