“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
I have been thinking a lot recently about how we can design systems to improve and change the world. With such a lofty goal, it is easy to become discouraged and to think we are foolish for even trying to affect large scale change. This quotation always reminds me of the importance of 'pushing the envelope' and going after things that seem absurd. All that matters is that the desire and drive to explore are in you. Then, even if the path leads nowhere, the worst thing that can happen is that you pursued your passion, learned something new, and head off on another exploration.