Enough life and money has been spent on this sterile quest. The pole has already been discovered. What is the use of another expedition?
Winston Churchill, then 1st Lord of the Admiralty, 23rd January, 1914
Dear Mr Winston Churchill,
Do please look favourably … I am trying to do good and serious work … Death is a very little thing, and Knowledge very great … And really Regent Street holds out more dangers on a busy day, than the 5 million square miles that constitute the Antarctic continent.
Ernest Shackleton, 27th February, 1914