Tuesday 2 October 2007

Worst Journey in the World

"And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say, 'What is the use?' For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg."

Aspley Cherry Garrad


Janell said...

Is Worst Journey in the World the name of a book? I'm not familiar with this author. As I read it, I bounced from fearful to courageous; from apathetic to hopeful; from selfish to lonely and ended at diappointed.

LaDawn said...

Worst Journey is the name of a book about Scott's ultimately fatal antarctic exploration trip written by one of the men who survived because he left the base camp.

It is a VERY long book. And I loved it and I hated it at the same time.

A colleague at work sent me this first thing yesterday morning and I thought what a great way to start one's day!