Lawrence Oates (1880–1912), British soldier, explorer. Diary entry for March 16-17, 1912. Quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, vol. 1, ch. 20, ed. L. Huxley (1913).
These were Oates' last words, before walking out into an Antarctic blizzard on Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Scott recorded, "We knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman."