Here I am twenty-four years old and what have I done, what am I doing, or what am I in the way of doing? Nothing. When I think of these things it makes me so restless that I can hardly keep quiet. I feel myself already thirty or forty years old with nothing accomplished, and I feel a feverish desire to do something at once. Many men have made themselves world known by looking forward, seeing something sure to be of importance in the future, making the subject thoroughly their own, and stepping forward as the chief or only authority on the subject. Among the many striving for fame and fortune or both, I feel myself overmastered by a restless desire to do something.
18. Robert E. Peary, American explorer known to have been the first person to reach the georgraphic North Pole | Born 6 May 1856 – 20 February 1920
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