"Get it."

Alexander Graham Bell on being inspired by Joseph Henry:

He said he thought it was ‘the germ of a great invention’ and advised me to work at it myself instead of publishing. I said that I recognized the fact that there were mechanical difficulties in the way that rendered the plan impracticable at the present time. I added that I felt that I have not the electrical knowledge necessary to overcome the difficulties. His laconic answer was — ‘get it.’ “

“I cannot tell how much these two words have encouraged me. I live too much in an atmosphere of discouragement for scientific pursuits.