Quotes and Sayings about Columbus



"Do you want Columbus to go across the ocean, or do you want to put a message in a bottle and hope that it lands somewhere? I'd rather have actual people be there. Whether they look like Americans or like the inhabitants of some other country, depends on who has the most drive."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: People, Hope, Americans, Columbus, Country, Ocean, Want)

"What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it."
- Margot Asquith
(Related: America, Columbus, Pity)

"Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity."
- L. Frank Baum
(Related: Imagination, Civilization, America, Columbus, Electricity, Mankind, Present, State)

"These people are very unskilled in arms... with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Men, People)

"Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Land, Tomorrow)

"Their houses are all built in the shape of tents, with very high chimneys."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Houses)

"The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: April)

"Stood off and on during the night, determining not to come to anchor till morning, fearing to meet with shoals; continued our course in the morning; and as the island was found to be six or seven leagues distant, and the tide was against us, it was noon when we arrived there."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Night)

"Sailed this day nineteen leagues, and determined to count less than the true number, that the crew might not be dismayed if the voyage should prove long."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Day)

"No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Fear, Intention, Name, Service)

"I saw a boy of the crew purchasing javelins of them with bits of platters and broken glass."
- Christopher Columbus
"I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: April, Desire, Years)

"I found that part of it towards San Salvador extending from north to south five leagues, and the other side which we coasted along, ran from east to west more than ten leagues."
- Christopher Columbus
"I ordered each man to be presented with something, as strings of ten or a dozen glass beads apiece, and thongs of leather, all which they estimated highly; those which came on board I directed should be fed with molasses."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Man)

"Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Man)

"For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Intelligence, Execution, Mathematics)

"For this purpose I determined to keep an account of the voyage, and to write down punctually every thing we performed or saw from day to day, as will hereafter appear."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Purpose, Day, Will)

"I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Purpose, Grace, Mercy)

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Light, Old, Sun, World)

"By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Goal, May, Obstacles)

"But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Truth, Purpose, Gold, Quantity, Quest)

"After having dispatched a meal, I went ashore, and found no habitation save a single house, and that without an occupant; we had no doubt that the people had fled in terror at our approach, as the house was completely furnished."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: People, Doubt, Terror)

"Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Paradise, Gold, Treasure, Wishes, World)

"If America had been discovered as many times as I have, no one would remember Columbus."
- Sean Connery
(Related: America, Columbus)

"This is largely the methodology I've used throughout my career - that is, starting with a question as to what might be the properties of a set of compounds that could be invented which were unusual and unpredictable. Many times I've felt a bit like Columbus setting sail."
- Donald Cram
(Related: Career, Columbus, Question)

"Marriage commissioners who choose not to marry homosexuals are being fired. A Knights of Columbus chapter in British Columbia is in court because it chooses not allow a lesbian group to use its facility for marriage ceremonies. The list goes on."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Marriage, Being, Columbus, Court, Lesbian)

"Chris Columbus was really interesting to watch how he works with children."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Children, Columbus)

"Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn't discover America."
- Louise Erdrich
(Related: America, Columbus)

"Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Columbus, Majority)

"If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock."
- Arthur J. Goldberg
(Related: Columbus, Committee)

"Why is it that many contemporary male thinkers, especially men of color, repudiate the imperialist legacy of Columbus but affirm dimensions of that legacy by their refusal to repudiate patriarchy?"
- bell hooks
(Related: Men, Columbus)

"Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America."
- James Joyce
(Related: America, Columbus, Posterity)

"When we first broke into that forbidden box in the other dimension, we knew we had discovered something as surprising and powerful as the New World when Columbus came stumbling onto it."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Columbus, First, Forbidden, World)

"The only history is a mere question of one's struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: History, Work, Columbus, Joy, Nations, Question, Struggle)

"The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: American, Columbus, Discovery, First)

"You can feel as brave as Columbus starting for the unknown the first time you enter a Chinese lane full of boys laughing at you, or when you risk climbing down in a Tibetan pub for a meal of rotten meat."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Time, Boys, Columbus, First, Risk)

"My goals are for the U.S. team to get to the second round of the World Cup and to win a championship here in the U.S. with my club team the Columbus Crew."
- Brian McBride
(Related: Goals, Columbus, World)

"There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world literature. Indeed if we discount figures of religion, then only Christopher Columbus has more statues than he worldwide."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Religion, Columbus, Literature, World)

"Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?"
- Abraham Polonsky
(Related: America, Columbus, Jungle, Profession, Years)

"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Brothers, Columbus, Fact)

"I grew up in Columbus, Indiana, a kind of industrial and farmland place."
- Stephen Sprouse
(Related: Columbus)

"Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Thought, Columbus, Trade)

"Whenever I played Columbus, Ohio, I dropped in to see my close friend, a medium who had mysterious powers. Her Indian guide was Mohawk."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Friend, Columbus)

"I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail, those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do, discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here. Big deal."
- John Waters
(Related: America, Columbus, Day, Hate, Holidays, Mail)

"When that book came out, it was like Columbus telling about America at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella."
- Theodore White
(Related: America, Columbus, Court)