Where No Man Has Gone Before!

As I began settling down again after a 3 week holiday, this quote from Mark Twain gave me the push I needed to switch back into research mode. Time to get back to work!

What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where non others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea – to discover a great thought – an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before… To be the first – that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something before anybody else – these are the things that confer pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace… These are the men who have really lived – who have actually comprehended what pleasure is – who have crowded long lifetimes of ecstasy into a single moment ~ Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

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