Quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca,
"What then? Shall I not follow in the footsteps of my predecessors? I shall indeed use the old road, but if I find one that makes a shorter cut and is smoother to travel, I shall open the new road. Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides. Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized. And there is plenty of it left even for posterity to discover."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (more quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca or books by/about Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
(4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter XXXIII
Discovery, Learning, Mastery, Self-Determination, Truth, Monopoly, Posterity