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Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB, DL (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941) was a British Army officer, writer, author of Scouting for Boys which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement, founder and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association and founder of the Girl Guides.
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I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Robert Baden-Powell
Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man. Robert Baden-Powell
Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. Robert Baden-Powell
My belief is that we were put into this world of wonders and beauty with a special ability to appreciate them, in some cases to have the fun of taking a hand in developing them, and also in being able to help other people instead of overreaching them and, through it all, to enjoy life – that is, to be happy. Robert Baden-Powell
Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual. Robert Baden-Powell
We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it. Robert Baden-Powell
A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances. Robert Baden-Powell
A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. Robert Baden-Powell
The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country. Robert Baden-Powell
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. Robert Baden-Powell
Swimming has its educational value – mental, moral, and physical – in giving you a sense of mastery over an element, and of power of saving life, and in the development of wind and limb. Robert Baden-Powell
If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk. Robert Baden-Powell
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. Robert Baden-Powell
One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority. He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second. Robert Baden-Powell
Trust should be the basis for all our moral training. Robert Baden-Powell
The knowledge that we have brother scouts working in the same uniform, to the same ends, in the same way, in all corners of the Empire, cannot but make scouts proud of their brotherhood, and cannot fail to bring them into closer sympathy. Robert Baden-Powell
Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best. Robert Baden-Powell
Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life. Robert Baden-Powell
In assisting his ‘neighbour’ every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty, and kindness perpetually before him, the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God. Robert Baden-Powell
Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity. Robert Baden-Powell
No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way. Robert Baden-Powell
The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light. Robert Baden-Powell
Living indoors without fresh air quickly poisons the blood and makes people feel tired and seedy when they don’t know why. For myself, I sleep out of doors in winter as well as summer. I only feel tired or seedy when I have been indoors a lot. I only catch cold when I sleep in a room. Robert Baden-Powell
The happiest people I know as a nation are the Burmese; their brightness and cheeriness are proverbial. Kindness to animals is one of their greatest ‘weaknesses’; no Burmese will kill an animal, even if it is to put it out of pain. Robert Baden-Powell
To the man who reads ‘Scouting for Boys’ superficially, there is a disappointing lack of religion in the book. But to him who tries it in practice, the basic religion underlying it soon becomes apparent. Robert Baden-Powell
There are thousands of boys being wasted daily to our country through being left to become characterless, and, therefore, useless wasters, a misery to themselves and an eyesore and a danger to the nation. They could be saved if only the right surroundings or environment were given to them at the receptive time of their lives. Robert Baden-Powell
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