Discovery Quotes

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?

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

It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design.

Men ought to be explorers, Here and there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For a further union, a deeper communion.