23 famous Christopher Columbus Quotes and sayings

Explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) is known for his 1492 ‘discovery’ of the New World of the Americas on board his ship Santa Maria. In actual fact, Columbus did not discover North America. Here are some Christopher Columbus quotes.

He was the first European to sight the Bahamas archipelago and then the island later named Hispaniola, now split into Haiti and the Dominican Republic. On his subsequent voyages, he went farther south, to Central and South America. He never got close to what is now called the United States. The compilation has Christopher Columbus motivational quotes.

Christopher Columbus Quotes

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”

“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.”

“Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier.”

“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.”

“I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone.”

“Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.”

“The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home.”

Christopher Columbus Quotes

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“These people are very unskilled in arms… with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.”

“Gold is the most precious of all commodities; gold constitutes treasure, and he who possesses it has all he needs in the world, as also the means of rescuing souls from purgatory, and restoring them to the enjoyment of paradise.”

“He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise.”

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Variants include “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”.”

“It is easy to discover what another has discovered before.”

Christopher Columbus Quotes

“The Admiral says that he never beheld so fair a thing: trees all along the river, beautiful and green, and different from ours, with flowers and fruits each according to their kind, many birds and little birds which sing very sweetly.”

“Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.”

“Nothing that results in human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. Those that are enlightened before the others are condemned to pursue that light in spite of the others.”

“And they know neither sect nor idolatry, with the exception that all believe that the source of all power and goodness is in the sky, and they believe very firmly that I, with these ships and people, came from the sky, and in this belief they everywhere received me, after they had overcome their fear.”

“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”

“Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new one added, and others dropped.”

quotes by Christopher Columbus

“Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities.”

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