The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)
Profession: American Historian
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 first time.
Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic
It is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one's being alone. It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist