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On Exploration...


The great explorers of the past set out into uncharted waters of the world in search of…well, whatever they found. This is the great promise of exploration, the philospher’s stone of finding new lands, new people and whatever else you may find. The creative explorer does the same thing, trying things simply because they have not been tried before.

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children, daring, discovery*, hope, leaping, luck, risk, surprise, wonder*


‘Adventure is just bad planning.’

Roald Amundsen

‘I long to set foot where no man has trod before.’

Charles Darwin

‘An idea, like a ghost must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.’

Charles Dickens

‘How do I work? I grope.’

Albert Einstein

‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’

T. S. Eliot

‘The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and to know the place for the first time.’

T. S. Eliot

‘We shall not cease from exploration; and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the very first time.’

T. S. Eliot

‘If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Fertility of imagination and abundance of guesses at the truth are among the first requisites of discovery.’

William Jevons

‘No one knows what he can do till he tries.’

Publilius Syrus

‘Not all those who wander are lost.’

J.R.R. Tolkein

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

Mark Twain

‘If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.’

Peter Ustinov

‘Anyone can look for history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store.’

Robert Wieder

‘Make voyages! Attempt them...there’s nothing else.’

Tennessee Williams

‘If people never did silly things, then nothing intelligent would ever get done.’

Ludwig Wittgenstein



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