Columbus Day Quotes

 Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. 
- Robert F. Kennedy

A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for. 
- John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. 
- André Gide

When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, "Ours." 
- Vine Deloria, Jr.

He completed the universe, he achieved the physical unity of the globe. 
- Lamartine

Columbus found a world, and had no chart,
Save one that faith deciphered in the skies.
- George Santayana

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it. 
- Margot Asquith

Columbus had all the spirit of a crusader, and, at the same time, the investigating nature of a modern man of science. 
- Edmund Arthur Helps

Whose indomitable spirit changed the face of the earth for us. 
- Edmund Arthur Helps

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

Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.  Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. 
- Author Unknown

He gave the world another world. 
- George Santayana

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. 
- John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929

America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole. 
- Bobcat Goldthwaite

Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at. 
- Author Unknown

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered.  I myself would say that it had merely been detected. 
- Oscar Wilde

Aborigines, n.:  Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country.  They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize. 
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson:  "On! sail on!"
- Joaquin Miller

He stands in history as the completer of the globe. 
- John Sterling

Columbus went around the world in 1492.  That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course. 
- Lee Trevino

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States.  Ask any Indian. 
- Robert Orben

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. 
- Author Unknown

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 
- Marcel Proust
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore

At the rim of a far -flung sky.
- Author Unknown

He stands out among the beacon lights of history as a man of vision dominated by a definite purpose. 
- John George Jones

Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things. 
- Aldous Huxley, "Wordsworth in the Tropics"

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. 
- James Joyce

The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it. 
- Robert L. Park, in The New York Times, 7 December 1999

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