"If we can only live once, let it be a daring adventure."


"Behind us lay the great Antarctic Land; snow peaks rising beyond one another until by distance they dwindled away into insignificancy. The silence and immobility of the scene was impressive; not the slightest animation or vitality anywhere. It was like a mental image of our globe in its primitive state - a spectacle of Chaos. Around is ice and snow and the remnants of internal fires; above, a sinister sky; below the sombre sea; and over all, the silence of the sepulchre!"


"The Australian knocker-image causes us, both as a nation and as individuals, to underestimate our own self-worth. It is almost anti-Australian to perceive yourself as a winner. "

JOHN, BERTRAND - Born to Win, Patrick Robinson

"To sail around the world at 16 is remarkable. It's inspirational for the country and, in a sense, represents the spirit of Australia. "


"I never regretted the voyage. I was so happy out there; I didn't want to come back. When it ended I felt like I was leaving a really good friend behind. "


"I never had a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't make it."


"Climbing had captured my soul. "

LINCOLN, HALL - Dead Lucky

"As climbers, we need to sacrifice our comfort, our safety, and arguably our sanity, as a tithe to the mountain... We need the mountains but the mountains do not need us. "

LINCOLN, HALL - Dead Lucky

"These days I love to take in the sunset because every time I do so I remember how lucky I am to be alive. That's a great relationship to have with the setting sun. "

LINCOLN, HALL - Dead Lucky

"The mountain is a mirror, where climbers look to find themselves. They discover their frailty, take heart from their strengths, drink deep of the insights. "

LINCOLN, HALL - Dead Lucky

"The people of Sydney who can speak of my work without a smile are very scarce."

LAWRENCE, HARGRAVE - Scientists in Nineteenth Century Australia, A. Mozley Moyal

"My objective is and has been for years to make the lightest and most compact flying machine that would carry me at 25 or 30 miles per hour for 10 minutes or a quarter of an hour. Current events show this is not at all an ambitious project. Want of an elementary knowledge of oil machines baulks me and causes much misdirected effort. I doubt my ability to acquire that knowledge, and feel like a fireman trying to hew out a donkey pump..."

LAWRENCE, HARGRAVE - on the development of the flying machine

"There are places you can only get to by sea, and there are places you can only get to by being at sea. "


"Fallen into a crevasse:
Exhausted, weak and chilled (for my hands were bare and pounds of snow had got inside my clothing) I hung with firm conviction that all was over except the passing. Below was a black chasm; it would be but the work of the moment to slip from the harness, then all the pain and toil would be over. It was a rare situation, a rare temptation ? a chance to quit small things for great ? to pass from the petty exploration of a planet to the contemplation of vaster worlds beyond. But there was all eternity for the last and, at its longest, the present would be but short. I felt better for the thought.

SIR DOUGLAS, MAWSON - The Home of the Blizzard

"Dangling in space I realised I could always slip out of the harness. I looked forward to the peace of the great release. "


"When I speak, people want to hear about Everest. But I also talk about communication, empathy, and each of us climbing mountains in our own lives. "


"Most men have got no idea what true strength is. They think they've got it, muscles and so on. That is a small part of strength. "


"I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream. "


"You don't have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You've just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. "


"Live your dream. "


"For me it was always about the challenge of making this voyage. It was always a calculated risk, but life is a risk."


"You don't have to be anyone special to achieve something big. You just have to want to do it. "