Encyclopedia Westarctica:Featured Quotes

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This page serves as a curated list of quotes that have been featured as Encyclopedia Westarctica's Featured Quote, formerly known as the Quote of the Week section on the main page.


Grand Duke Travis

  • “It is time to return to our roots as a Constitutional Monarchy and let the flag of royalty fly once again.” ~ Grand Duke Travis
  • “We have chosen to craft a new country in the most inhospitable place on earth, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” ~ Grand Duke Travis
  • "The melting of Westarctica's ice is an ongoing concern for our government and for the future of our nation." ~ Grand Duke Travis

Duke of Moulton-Berlin

  • “I truly feel Westarctica can be a positive life changing experience for others.” ~ Duke of Moulton-Berlin
  • “Few things in this life are safe from the ravages of time. The Hereditary Noble Title system allows an opportunity for the Grand Duchy of Westarctica to honor an individual for generations after they leave this life.” ~ Duke of Moulton-Berlin

Duke of Waesche

  • "I realized with a start that my loyalty had to be to the country, the idea; not the man." ~ Duke of Waesche
  • "As the original claim was yours, you should pick up the reins!" ~ Duke of Waesche
  • "It would be at best uncomfortable to live there, and it is frustrating not to be able to visit." ~ Duke of Waesche
  • "Most of the populace is going to look askance at our project. We must strive to give it legitimacy." ~ Duke of Waesche

Duke of the Bear Peninsula

  • "Westarctica has many things going for it: land of pristine beauty, charismatic leadership and goals more noble than many of the peacock nations in the Micronational community." ~ Duke of the Bear Peninsula

Duke of Ravencroft

  • "It is our pledge to you, the Citizens and Nobility of Westarctica, that we will direct the operations of the Government in a timely and efficient manner, and continue to push toward our goals." ~ Duke of Ravencroft
  • "I wish to continue all of the work that our founding father has started, and continue to strive for recognition of Westarctica." ~ Duke of Ravencroft


  • "Although one of the harshest environments on the planet, Westarctica is also one of the most vulnerable. We must feel committed to protect for our next generation of Westarcticans." ~ Baron of Andrus
  • "We must draw a line and preserve our beautiful continent from becoming commodified!" ~ John Gould (citizen of Westarctica)
  • "The world is not ready for free form governments, multinational corporations are the closest we get." ~ Count of Mintz
  • "I had always had a big hunger to learn and a curiosity for new things ... it was just a good opportunity and I was in the right place at the right time." ~ Duke of Sherman
  • “If digital currencies are to be widely adopted and accepted by society to meet their desired goals there needs to be greater transparency, trust and confidence amongst the digital currency community and traders.” ~ Brian Erdelyi
  • “If we can work together in our efforts, what remains to be discovered lies within our grasp.” ~ Baron of Havola
  • "I am just happy to be a citizen of Westarctica." ~ Tony Freed
  • "The hope is that they will grow with the mindfulness and passion inherent to the nation." ~ Duke of Fox Grove
  • "Today, we reassure the Grand Duke, the government, and the people of Westarctica of our deepest respect and admiration." ~ Sir James Murphy


Richard Byrd

  • "It has been my rule on Arctic expeditions to request the personnel to drink no intoxicating liquors after the expedition starts, as it is my opinion that it decreases the efficiency in a cold climate by giving a false sense of warmth." ~ Richard E. Byrd
  • "Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used." ~ Richard E. Byrd
  • “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” ~ Richard E. Byrd
  • "It's not getting to the pole that counts. It's what you learn of scientific value on the way. Plus the fact that you get there and get back without being killed." ~ Richard E. Byrd

Ernest Shackleton

  • "Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results." ~ Ernest Shackleton
  • "If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard." ~ Ernest Shackleton

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  • "In Antarctica you get to know people so well that in comparison you do not seem to know the people in civilization at all." ~ Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Roald Amundsen

  • "Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it.” ~ Roald Amundsen


  • "We had escaped an awful death, and were again tempest-tossed." ~ Charles Wilkes
  • "It is not easy to describe the joy and light heartedness we all felt as we ... embarked on the enterprise we had all so long desired to commence." ~ James Clark Ross
  • "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." ~ Amelia Earhart
  • "I have a passion for exploration, I have a passion for understanding, and I have a passion to create things for others to explore." ~ Richard Garriott
  • "The United States might well launch a claim later on, if it came to that." ~ George R. Toney


President Kevin Baugh

  • "Our cause is just and our goals are worthy. We will triumph, and we will bring peace to this region again." ~ President Kevin Baugh
  • “We can never forget our simple beginnings, and struggles that we have overcome.” ~ President Kevin Baugh
  • "If you state your sovereignty, that is good enough for our government, as is should be for all." ~ President Kevin Baugh

Other Micronationalists

  • “I've always been attracted to the idea of statehood, and this is an opportunity to question a lot of things people accept as normal about national identity.” ~ Grand Marshal Carolyn Yagjian


  • "It is desirable that the whole of the Antarctic should ultimately be included in the British Empire." ~ Leopold Amery
  • "Travis, I do not mind your group visiting the Russian Russkaya Station, located in the Pacific sector of the Antarctic." ~ Valery Lukin (Head of the Russian Antarctic Program)
  • "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Qunicy Adams
  • "I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability." ~ Charles, Prince of Wales
  • "If you're going through hell, keep going." ~ Sir Winston Churchill
  • "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Military Leaders

Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  • "The reason most people fail instead of succeed, is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  • "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  • "Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


  • "The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence


  • “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • "Antarctica is a very alien environment, and you can't survive here more than minutes if you're not equipped properly and doing the right thing all the time." ~ Jon Krakauer
  • "First you fall in love with Antarctica, then it breaks your heart." ~ Kim Stanley Robinson
  • "This is a world that offers no welcome. There are places on this frozen continent where your footprints will outlive you. Man is only a visitor here." ~ In Search of the South Pole
  • “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  • “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
  • “If I want a crown, I must go hunt it for myself.” ~ The Man Who Would Be King
  • “It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple.” ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg
  • “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~ Rosalynn Carter
  • “Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • “The United States bases territorial claims extensively on symbolic actions: planting of flags, declarations, and so on." ~ S.B. Slevich
  • “If an untrained person were to dive into freezing water, death would come quickly.” ~ Lewis Pugh, Antarctic Endurance Swimmer
  • "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." ~ Steve Jobs
  • "Go West, young man." ~ Horace Greeley
  • "Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers
  • "When ordinary people decide to step out and be part of something big, that’s when they become extraordinary." ~ Brett Harris
  • "Do one thing every day that scares you." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams." ~ Dr. Jonas Salk
  • "He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch." ~ Jean-Luc Godard