Frederick Russell Burnham

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Major Frederick Russell Burnham (11 May 18611 September 1947) ) was an American scout and world traveling adventurer known for his service to the British Army in colonial Africa and for teaching woodcraft to Robert Baden-Powell, thus becoming one of the inspirations for the founding of the international Scouting Movement.

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  • There is nothing that sharpens a man's senses so acutely as to know that bitter and determined enemies are in pursuit of him night and day.
    • Scouting on Two Continents (1926)
  • Under the administration of Rhodes, there were the fewest laws, the widest freedom, the least crime, and the turest justice, that I have ever seen in any part of the world.
    • Scouting on Two Continents (1926)
  • As far as we can look back into history, the downfall of any nation can be traced from the moment that nation became timid about spending its best blood.
    • Taking Chances (1944)
  • I am more afraid of an army of a hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of a hundred lions led by a sheep.
    • Taking Chances (1944)


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