Discovery Quotes

Heroism in the corrupt sense of the age almost by definition, meant wanton self-sacrifice and bungling. For neither had he (Amundsen) any taste. He wanted rational attainment; victory, but not at any price. No point upon the globe was worth the cost of a single life.

When you make the finding yourself – even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light – you’ll never forget it.

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He star’d at the Pacific and all his men Look’d at each other with a wild surmise Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

He gave the world another world. (Columbus)

When we are young we long to tread a way none have trod before.

It saddens Norwegians that America still honors the Italian Columbus, who arrived late in the New World and by accident, who wasn’t even interested in New Worlds but only in spices. Out on a spin in search of curry powder and hot peppers – a man on a voyage to the grocery – he stumbled […]

I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.

Some men are discovered; others are found out.

It is a profound mistake to think that everything has been discovered; as well think the horizon the boundary of the world.