Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation. Do what needs to be done and then ask whether it was possible or permissible. Pessimism is an indulgence, orthodoxy is the enemy of invention, despair an insult to the imagination.

Wade Davis is a Canadian cultural anthropologist, ethnobotanist, writer, photographer, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, and author of multiple books including Shadows in the Sun, The Wayfinders, Light at the Edge of the World, and The Serpent and the Rainbow, an international bestseller that was later released as a feature motion picture.