"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."
"They used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings... but he did fly. He discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars or the nearest star? That's like saying you wish that you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut like your great-great-great-great-grandfather used to. I'm in command. I could order this. But I'm not … because … Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk ... risk is our business! That's what this starship is all about ... that's why we're aboard her!"
— Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek episode "Return to Tomorrow"
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
— Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who?"
"As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts."
— Ishmael, Moby-Dick
What the earliest Seekers of the Void note knew best was a curiosity that overpowered loneliness. Months of exploration would be broken by the encounter of another. Stories traded, campfire shared, the Seekers would continue on. They were slowly changed by their journey. The Seekers encountered strange beasts and powerful spirits; what would one day become legends were the lives lived by the Seekers of the Void. They learned that in the farthest reaches of the Earth lived things not of this world; knowing this in no way dissuaded their exploration.
—Mage: The Ascension - Convention Book: Void Engineers (Revised)
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.
The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying:
"Valhalla, I am coming!"
So on we sail, with thrashing oar,
"The Bear went over the mountain (x3)
to see what he could see."
— Unknown, "The Bear Went Over the Mountain"