Alexander Gram Bell is widely regarded as the inventor of the telephone. By creating a means of transmitting human voice across large distances he transformed the way we communicate and changed the world. He was a firm believer in slow but steady growth and pursued his goals with an almost spiritual zeal.
Bell was not only an inventor but also a teacher. He coached a young Helen Keller to help her overcome what she described as that inhuman silence that separates and estranges. Bell was also a thorough family man and much of his success was rightly shared with his wonderful wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard.
Some people dispute Bell being the inventor of the telephone and instead claim it was Elisha Gray. Like Newton and Leibniz, this argument is one for the ages. What matters to us is that inventions are invented and discoveries are discovered. That is what makes our lives better and takes us further into the future.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta