First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it! It only serves to turn a few mills, blow a few vessels across the ocean, and a few trivial ends besides. What a poor compliment do we pay to our indefatigable and energetic servant!
Henry Thoreau, 'Paradise (To Be) Regained', Democratic Review (1848)Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power—that is, power to move things. [...] As yet, the wind is an untamed, and unharnessed force; and quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made, will be the taming, and harnessing of it.
Abraham Lincoln, Lecture 'Discoveries and Inventions' (1860)The future depends on what we do in the present.