Discovery Quotes

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

A man of science doesn’t discover in order to know, he wants to know in order to discover.

Who never walks, save where he sees men’s tracks, makes no discoveries.

When you awaken some morning and hear that somebody or other has been discovered, you can put it down as a fact that he discovered himself years ago – since which time he has been working, toiling and striving to make himself worthy of general discovery.

Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way.

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)