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“I do see a lot of the hard end of ecology, and my feeling is that we live on a super-exciting planet but a super-fragile one.”

 

Bear Grylls

“When I’m in ‘Man vs. Wild’ mode, it’s not pleasure. Every sensor is firing and I’m on reserve power all the time and I’m digging deep – and that’s the magic of it as well, and that’s raw and it’s great.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I look back and understand the world a bit better and know how competitive it is .”

 

Bear Grylls

“I grew up on survival shows and they were always just so…anoraky.”

 

Bear Grylls

“Textbook survival says stay still, don’t take any chances, wait for rescue. That’s a boring TV show. My thing was always, “Listen, shoelace, dead squirrel and no other way down this rock face. You can do this!””

 

Bear Grylls

“I didn’t want to do eight seasons of How To Build A Fire. The intention was to make something fun and dynamic and about self rescue, not about whittling.”

 

Bear Grylls

“Scouts should be progressive and should be adapting. If you’re gay or not it’s irrelevant, Scouting values respect.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I’m probably going to be the scruffiest Chief Scout you’ve ever had and my health and safety policy is non-existent.”

 

Bear Grylls

“One killer exercise that’s really great is pull-ups with your legs out level. That’s my favourite. It’s such functional core strength, and that’s why I can climb up trees and down vines.”

 

Bear Grylls

“The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is so often just simply that little word – extra.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I come from a line of self-motivated, determined folk – not grand, not high society, but no-nonsense, family-minded go-getters.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I joined the Army at 19 as a soldier and spent about four and a half years with them. Then I broke my back in a freefall parachuting accident and spent a year in rehabilitation back in the U.K.”

 

Bear Grylls

“A friend once asked me what qualities were needed for SAS. I would say to be self-motivated and resilient; to be calm, yet have the ability to smile when it is grim; to be unflappable, be able to react fast and to have an ‘improvise, adapt and overcome’ mentality.”

 

Bear Grylls

“When I’m filming, survival requires movement. You need your energy, and you’ve got to eat the bad stuff, and survival food is rarely pretty, but you kind of do it. I get in that zone, and I eat the nasty stuff, but I’m not like that when I’m back home.”

 

Bear Grylls

“Christianity is not about religion. It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. It’s about finding joy and finding home.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I train five days a week hard – but it is short and sharp – 30 to 40 minutes of functional and pretty dynamic body-strength circuits, then I do a good yoga session on the sixth day, then I rest.”

 

Bear Grylls

“I always had a really natural faith as a kid. Where I knew God existed and it felt very free and pretty wild and natural, and it wasn’t religious.”

 

Bear Grylls

“Sometimes it’s hard for us to believe, really believe, that God cares and wants good things for us and doesn’t just want us to go off and give everything up and become missionaries in Burundi.”

 

Bear Grylls

“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.”

 

Bear Grylls

“For me, my training is a key part of my work as so often my life has depended on being able to move fast and haul myself up and out of something fast!”

 

Bear Grylls