"I had no doubts I could go to the pole. I may not be as strong, but I make up for physical strength in other areas, like steadiness and not panicking under stress."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Ann Bancroft on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Ann Bancroft on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Ann Bancroft on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Ann Bancroft on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Ann Bancroft on Ernest Hemingway
"A life lesson for me is, how do you muster the courage to take on a new risk? Whether it's starting up a business or taking on a new project or expedition. I think the risks that we take are all relative to the risk-taker."
"This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return."
"I get stubborn and dig in when people tell me I can't do something and I think I can. It goes back to my childhood when I had problems in school because I have a learning disability."
"I wanted to be a teacher, but I was a lousy student, one of the slowest readers. It was a tremendous struggle. But I'm lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me."