Best 51 of Columbus quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bill Nye

America has had many other discoverers besides Columbus, but he seems to have made more satisfactory arrangements with the historians than any of the others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A great many men - some comparatively small men now - if put in the right position, would be Luthers and Columbuses.

By Anonym 16 Sep

George Gamow

If and when all the laws governing physical phenomena are finally discovered, and all the empirical constants occurring in these laws are finally expressed through the four independent basic constants, we will be able to say that physical science has reached its end, that no excitement is left in further explorations, and that all that remains to a physicist is either tedious work on minor details or the self-educational study and adoration of the magnificence of the completed system. At that stage physical science will enter from the epoch of Columbus and Magellan into the epoch of the National Geographic Magazine!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Richards

When you're playing with only 13 guys, and is on the power play 12 times, that'll wear you down.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

A Most Dangerous Hurricane Columbus was aware of dangerous weather indicators that were frequently a threat in the Caribbean during the summer months. Although the barometer had not yet been invented, there were definitely other telltale signs of an approaching hurricane. Had the governor who detested Columbus, listened to his advice and given him some leeway, he could have saved the convoy that was being readied for a return trans-Atlantic crossing. Instead, the new inexperienced governor ordered a fleet of over 30 caravels, laden, heavy with gold, to set sail for Spain without delay. As a result, it is estimated that 20 of these ships were sunk by this violent storm, nine ran aground and only the Aguja, which coincidently carried Columbus’ gold, survived and made it back to Spain safely. The ferocity of the storm claimed the lives of five hundred souls, including that of the former governor Francisco de Bobadilla. Many of the caravels that sank during this horrific hurricane were ships that were part of the same convoy that Governor Ovando, had traveled with from Spain to the West Indies. However he felt about this tragedy, which could have been prevented, he continued as the third Governor of the Indies until 1509, and became known for his brutal treatment of the Taíno Indians. Having taken adequate precautions, Columbus’ ships fared somewhat better in that terrible storm, and survived with only minor damage. Heaving in their anchors, Columbus’ small fleet of ships left Hispaniola to explore the western side of the Caribbean.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Seth Shostak

Neil Armstrong was no Christopher Columbus. In most respects, he was better. Unlike the famous fifteenth century seafarer, Armstrong knew where he landed. He also spent his time in public service, not in jail, and his passing was marked by world-wide encomiums. He ended his days as a celebrated explorer rather than a royal inconvenience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sister Souljah

I was well known to African Americans before Bill Clinton discovered me. He was like Christopher Columbus riding up on something he didn't understand.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Miles Davis

It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hanif Abdurraqib

It's in the spirit of male loneliness to imagine that someone has to suffer for it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ethel Waters

Whenever I played Columbus, Ohio, I dropped in to see my close friend, a medium who had mysterious powers. Her Indian guide was Mohawk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Adolf Hitler

Columbus's eggs lie around by the hundreds of thousands, but Columbuses are met with less frequency.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chauncey Depew

Neither realism nor romance furnishes a more striking and picturesque figure than that of Christopher Columbus. The mystery about his origin heightens the charm of his story.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Carl Sagan

The usual rejoinder to someone who says 'They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Galileo' is to say 'But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Milton Friedman

Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chauncey Depew

The spirit of Columbus hovers over us to-day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Patricia Brooks

I think this is just the natural progression of Columbus gangs. They are getting older now, and they are looking for newer markets. We're really seeing them spreading throughout the state, especially south.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

The Earth is Round! Nothing, other than perhaps our universe, started in a vacuum and neither did the discovery of the Americas, which of course included the island of Cuba. Why did Columbus want to sail for parts unknown? What was going through his mind when he turned his small fleet of three ships in a westerly direction and headed towards the edge of the world? Surely, he didn’t have a death wish, so what was it that he knew that the rest of the 15th century world didn’t? Scholars recalled that there had been a grand library in Alexandria, Egypt, that contained as many as 500,000 scrolls. These were the records of human endeavors, and the shared knowledge known to the people of that era. Many of these scrolls concerned themselves with science, history and the earthly wisdom that scholars wanted to share with others. Unfortunately, everything in the library was lost, when this magnificent structure burned to the ground in 48 BC however educated people still had a better understanding of Earth and their surroundings than we give them credit for. It was a fact that many did know that the Earth was round and speculated that navigators could sail west and arrive in the Far East!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hank Bracker

Christmas, 1492…. Unfortunately, on Christmas morning 1492 Columbus' ship, the Santa María, ran aground on the northern coast of what is now Haiti. Not having any way to refloat her, the crew off-loaded the provisions and equipment from the ship before she broke up. For protection they then built a flimsy fortification on the beach, calling it “La Navidad.” With the consent of the local Indian Chief, Columbus left behind 39 men with orders to establish a settlement, and appointed Diego de Arana, a cousin of his mistress Beatriz, as the Governor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Eric Schlosser

A poor grasp of dead reckoning may have led Christopher Columbus to North America instead of India, a navigational error of about eight thousand miles.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Hanif Abdurraqib

People become so caught up in a child's understanding of a world much larger than their own, one that, I imagine, they are in no great rush to understand. I think of these people, eager to burden their children with their own discomforts, every time there is a mass shooting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Red Buttons

Christopher Columbus, who said to Queen Isabella, No, you got it wrong! The world is round. You're flat! Never got a dinner!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ogden Nash

So Columbus said, somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail for it, And he discovered America and they put him in jail for it, And the fetters gave him welts, And they named America after somebody else.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

Unfortunately, on Christmas morning 1492 the Santa María ran aground on the northern coast of what is now Haiti. Not having any way to refloat her, the crew off-loaded the provisions and equipment from the ship before she broke up. For protection they then built a flimsy fortification on the beach, calling it “La Navidad.” With the consent of the local Indian Chief, Columbus left behind 39 men with orders to establish a settlement, and appointed Diego de Arana, a cousin of his mistress Beatriz, as the Governor. On January 16, 1493, Columbus left Navidad and sailed for Portugal and Spain on the Niña. Everything went well until the two remaining ships, the Niña and the Pinta, became separated from each other. Columbus was convinced that the captain of the faster Pinta would get back to Spain first, thereby garnering all the glory by telling lies about him and his discoveries. On March 4th, a violent storm off the Azores forced him to take refuge in Lisbon. Both ships, amazingly enough, arrived there safely. A week later, Columbus continued on to Palos, Spain, on the Gulf of Cádiz, from whence he had started. Finally, on March 15th, he arrived in Barcelona. It seems that all’s well that ends well, because he was hailed a hero and news of his discovery of new lands spread throughout Europe like wildfire.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hanif Abdurraqib

Home is where the heart begins, but not where the heart stays.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

He was now wealthy beyond his wildest dreams and wanted for nothing, so Columbus retired to Valladolid, which at one time was considered the capital of Castile and Leon, a historic region of northwestern Spain. On October 19, 1469, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had been married at the Palacio de los Vivero, in the city of Valladolid, giving it great significance for Columbus. It was only a year and a half after retiring, on May 20, 1506, that Christopher Columbus quietly died. Dr. Antonio Rodriguez Cuartero, a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Granada, stated that the Admiral died of a heart attack caused by Reiter's Syndrome, also known as reactive arthritis. He was only 54 years of age; however, he had been suffering from arthritis for quite some time prior to his death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Cuthbert Soup

Advice to explorers everywhere: if you would like to recieve due credit for your discoveries, keep a detailed account of your journeys as Columbus did. On Septemeber 28, 1492, after four weeks at sea, he writes: Dear diary...I means journal. Yes, dear journal. That's what I meant to say. Whew. Anyway, we have yet to discover America, and the crew has become increasingly rebellious. I have decided to turn back if we have not spotted it by Columbus Day. Will write again later if not killed by crew. P.S. Last night's buffet was fabulous, the ice sculptures magnificent.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anne-robert-jacques Turgot

What I admire in Columbus is not his having discovered a new world but his having gone to search for it on the faith of an opinion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ira Gershwin

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus When he said the world was round.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robert Crandall

If the pilots were in charge, Columbus would still be in port. They believe the assertion that the world is flat.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hanif Abdurraqib

Here, we are saying that we will tear your country apart, we will give birth to the terror within, and then we will leave you to drown in it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Teller

When Columbus took off, the purpose was to improve trade relations with China. That problem has not been solved to this very day, but just look at the by-products.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arthur Goldberg

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clive Bell

Cezanne is the Christopher Columbus of a new continent of form.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Pablo Neruda

Why wasn't Christopher Columbus able to discover Spain?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Sprouse

I grew up in Columbus, Indiana, a kind of industrial and farmland place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Woody Harrelson

I remember my first run-in with cops. It took me really getting to hang, well after that, with cops who were cool, and realizing, 'Okay, there are some bad ones.' I ran into some bad ones in Columbus, Ohio, but they're not all bad.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn't discover America.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Columbus felt the westward tendency more strongly than any before. He obeyed it, and found a New World for Castile and Leon.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hanif Abdurraqib

I'm saying that I want to be in love, but sometimes I just don't want to be alone, and I don't want to do the work of balancing what that means in what hour of whatever darkness I'm sitting in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

J. C. Squire

Columbus's doom-burdened caravels Slant to the shore, and all their seamen land.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Winston Churchill

Christopher Columbus was the first socialist: he didn't know where he was going, he didn't know where he was? and he did it all at taxpayers expense.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel Eliot Morison

The cruel policy initiated by Columbus and pursued by his successors resulted in complete genocide.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. L. George

The true America is the Middle West, and Columbus discovered nothing at all except another Europe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. [It allows you to] be the Mungo Park, the Lewis and Clark of your own streams and oceans; [to] explore your own higher latitudes; [to] be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

If Columbus was the first to discover the islands, Americus Vespucius and Cabot, and the Puritans, and we their descendants, havediscovered only the shores of America.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Luigi Pulci

His bark The daring mariner shall urge far o'er The Western wave, a smooth and level plain, Albeit the earth is fashioned like a wheel.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

On November 27, 1493, when Columbus returned to Navidad, he found that the 39 crew members that he had left behind had been murdered, and instead of finding a peaceful settlement, he found their corpses bleaching on the beach. The local Taíno Indians had killed them all; because of the ignorant and cruel treatment they had received from the Spaniards. Little wonder that, from that time on, Columbus had problems with the Taínos. Columbus wisely decided to abandon Navidad and established La Isabela as the first capital of Hispaniola. La Isabela’s location was across a sand bar on a shallow river along the coast of what is now the Dominican Republic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Barack Obama

If some of these [Republican] folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the 'flat earth society.' They would not believe that the world was round.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Captain Hank Bracker

In the 8th Century, the Greek philosopher Homer thought that the Earth was flat. Many of the less educated people in the 15th Century still held on to that concept when Columbus set sail, following the setting sun west. The less informed warned Columbus and his crew of the danger of sailing right off the edge of the Earth. However, navigators and mathematicians knew better, since Greek philosophers in the 5th Century such as Parmenides, Empedocles and Pythagoras had already proved, by using various scientific methods, that the Earth was round. In about 200 BC Eratosthenes, who lived along the Nile near Alexandria, Egypt, calculated the circumference of the Earth to within a very close tolerance. Later in Prussia, Copernicus presented his concept that the Sun was the center of the Solar system and theorized that the planets revolved around it. It was not coincidental that Copernicus did this shortly after Columbus discovered the new continent. Although the ancients did not have radio and television, they could communicate by various means, and definitely knew what was going on. However there were those who remained superstitious, believing that there were monstrous sea creatures near the edge of the Earth. But Columbus and other relatively educated people knew better!