the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose
dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the
spirit which serves as the life-blood of our own country— your opportunity
and mine, to develop and market our talents.
Let us not forget, Columbus dreamed of an Unknown world, staked
his life on the existence of such a world, and discovered it!
Copernicus, the great astronomer, dreamed of a multiplicity of worlds,
and revealed them! No one denounced him as "impractical"
after he had triumphed. Instead, the world worshipped at his shrine,
thus proving once more that "SUCCESS REQUIRES NO APOLOGIES,
FAILURE PERMITS NO ALIBIS."
If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go
ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what "they"
say if you meet with temporary defeat, for "they," perhaps,
do not know that EVERY FAILURE BRINGS WITH IT THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT
Henry Ford, poor and uneducated, dreamed of a horseless carriage,
went to work with what tools he possessed, without waiting for opportunity
to favor him, and now evidence of his dream belts the entire earth.
He has put more wheels into operation than any man who ever lived,
because he was not afraid to back his dreams.
Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity,
began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more
than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made
it a physical reality. Practical dreamers DO NOT QUIT!
Whelan dreamed of a chain of cigar stores, transformed his dream
into action, and now the United Cigar Stores occupy the best corners
Lincoln dreamed of freedom for the black slaves, put his dream into
action, and barely missed living to see a united North and South
translate his dream into reality.
The Wright brothers dreamed of a machine that would fly through
the air. Now one may see evidence all over the world, that they
Marconi dreamed of a system for harnessing the intangible forces
of the ether. Evidence that he did not dream in vain, may be found
in every wireless and radio in the world. Moreover, Marconi's dream
brought the humblest cabin, and the most stately manor house side
by side. It made the people of every nation on earth back-door neighbors.
It gave the President of the United States a medium by which he
may talk to all the people of America at one time, and on short
notice. It may interest you to know that Marconi's "friends"
had him taken into custody, and examined in a psychopathic hospital,
when he announced he had discovered a principle through which he
could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires, or
other direct physical means of communication.