The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
I’m more interested in what I discover than what I invent.
Behind him (Columbus) lay the gray Azores, Behind the Gates of Hercules; Before him not the ghost of shores, Before him only shoreless seas. The good mate said: “Now we must pray, For lo! the very stars are gone. Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?” – “Why, say, ‘Sail on! sail on! and on! […]
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
The importance of the Lewis and Clark expedition lay on the level of imagination: it was drama, it was the enactment of a myth that embodied the future. It gave tangible substance to what had been merely an idea, and established the image of a highway across the continent so firmly in the minds of […]
The success of a discovery depends upon the time of its appearance.
Dr. Livingstone, I presume?
He (Columbus) enjoyed long stretches of pure delight such as only a seaman may know, and moments of high, proud exultation that only a discoverer can experience.