Sir Isaac Newton

“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”


My mother often quoted Browning on this theme of aspiration, from Andrea del Sarto “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp/ Or what’s a Heaven for?”