Boston to Calcutta without breaking a sweat
To send something from Boston to Calcutta is no small task even today, much less two centuries ago. Construction of the Suez Canal would not even begin for another twenty six years and reaching India meant circumnavigating the whole of Africa.
This distance of 16,000 miles would be enough to put-off even the most intrepid entrepreneur, but Frederic Tudor was no ordinary entrepreneur. The ‘Ice King’ invented the means to harvest, store, and transport ice to the far-off corners of the globe and created a great business empire.
The Ice King was a true entrepreneur who rightly believed that anyone who would give up at first repulse, without striking the second blow, would despair of success, and would never be a hero in war, love, or business. Prophetic words from a man who mastered two of those three domains.
“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”
“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
“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
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta