Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890) was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages. He was a prolific author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, and ethnography. A characteristic feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and information.
Quotes by Richard Francis Burton…
Enough to think that truth can be;
Come sit we where the roses glow;
Indeed he knows not how to know
who knows not also how to unknow.