By Bear Grylls
If we are not free, no one will respect us.
Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
I’ve never really had a TV career. I’ve been a soldier and a climber.
Sometimes an ember is all we need.
I find skydiving really hard. I broke my back while skydiving when I was in the military, and for 18 months all my nightmares were about falling.
There’s no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It’s all about heart.
Time and experience have taught me that fame and money very rarely go to the worthy.
The greatest journeys all start with a single step.
Change the way you use your time, and you change your life.
All my life the only thing I’ve been good at has been climbing and throwing myself off big things.
Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.
To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere.
The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself.
The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.
Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.
I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.