“You’ve behaved very highhandedly, Captain Mallory. Is that the custom out here?”“The custom is, sir, that those who know a situation handle it and those who don’t watch and learn, or get out of the way.”
...we like somebody who succeeds with such bad conscience, and who seems to wish that he had the nerve to be a failure or, better still, something to which the terms success and failure don’t apply as when Mallory said, about Everest: “Success is meaningless here.”Randall Jarrell
Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said "Because it is there." Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.