И на луну пошлем свои машины!
Who would not wish to have been born two or three centuries later?.. We shall soon travel by air-vessels; make air instead of sea-voyages; and at length find our way to the moon, in spite of want of atmosphere... There is not so much folly as you may suppose, and a vast deal of poetry, in the idea. Where shall we set bounds to the power of steam? Who shall say, 'Thus far thoushalt go, and no farther?' We are at present in the infancy of science. Do you imagine that, in former stages of this planet, wiser creatures than ourselves did not exist? All our boasted inventions are but shadows of what has been, - the dim images of the past - the dream of other states of existence. Might not the fable of Prometheus, and his stealing the fire, and of Briareus and his earth-born brothers, be but traditions of steam and its machinery? Who knows whether, when a comet shall approach this globe to destroy it, as it often has been and will be destroyed, men will not tear rocks from their foundations by means of steam, and hurl mountains, as the giants are said to have done, against the flaming mass? - and then we shall have the traditions of the Titans again, and wars with Heaven.
(Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence with His Lordship at Pisa, in the Years 1821 And 1822. By Thomas Medwin, Esq. of the 24th Light Dragoons, Author of "Ahasuerus the Wanderer.")
Медвин страшно хотел стать Босвеллом или Эккерманом, но на деле, кажется, оказался Кинботом.