Quotations by Christopher Columbus
(Explorer whose voyages led to general European awareness of the American continents)
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.
Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.
Their houses are all built in the shape of tents, with very high chimneys.
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.
These people are very unskilled in arms… with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.
Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.
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.
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.
For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
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.
I saw a boy of the crew purchasing javelins of them with bits of platters and broken glass.
Quotations about Columbus
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
If the Mafia exists in Montreal, it’s probably like the Knights of Columbus. ~ Armand Courville
Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn’t discover America. ~ Louise Erdrich
Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it. ~ Margot Asquith
When Columbus started out he didn’t know where he was going, when he got there he didn’t know where he was, and when he got back he didn’t know where he had been. ~ Unknown
If America had been discovered as many times as I have, no one would remember Columbus. ~ Sean Connery
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America. ~ James Joyce
If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. ~ Unknown
America is now a space-faring nation. A frontier good for millions of years. The only time remotely comparable was when Columbus discovered a whole new world. ~ James S. McDonnell
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. ~ Oscar Wilde
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg
If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock. ~ Justice Arthur Goldberg