Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1863–1912), British Antarctic explorer. "Message to the public," in Scott's journal, shortly before his death on the way back from his expedition to the South Pole.
His last entry, written March 29, 1912, read: "It seems a pity but I do not think I can write any more.... For God's sake look after our people." Extracts published in Scott's Last Expedition, vol. 1, ch. 20, ed. Leonard Huxley (1913).