Christopher Columbus was a well-known Italian explorer and navigator, born in the Republic Of Genoa. He has been one of the explorers who not only redefined history but also had an eminent role in the establishment of certain countries. He was the man who gave new information about America to European countries. He completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean under the Catholic Monarchs of Spain that led to the establishments on the island of Hispaniola. This in turn resulted in the start of lifelong European colonization of the New World. Though, he was not the first one to discover America, he did open the gateway between America and Europe. Following are some famous thoughts and sayings by Christopher Columbus which are till date quoted extensively. Let us browse through some famous quotes and thoughts by Christopher Columbus and see what we can learn from them.
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 a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.
Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier.
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.
As soon as I arrived in the Indies, in the first island which I found, I took some of the natives by force, in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts. And so it was that they soon understood us, and we them, either by speech or by signs, and they have been very serviceable.
I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence.
There are trees of a thousand sorts, and all have their several fruits; and I feel the most unhappy man in the world not to know them, for I am well assured that they are all valuable. I bring home specimens of them, and also of the land.
I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe for dyes and for medicines; but I do not know, and this causes me great sorrow. Arriving at this cape, I found the smell of the trees and flowers so delicious that it seemed the pleasantest thing in the world.
I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April.
Stood off and on during the night, determining not to come to anchor till morning, fearing to meet with shoals; continued our course in the morning; and as the island was found to be six or seven leagues distant, and the tide was against us, it was noon when we arrived there.
I propose to construct a new chart for navigating, on which I shall delineate all the sea and lands of the Ocean in their proper positions under their bearings; and further, I propose to prepare a book, and to put down all as it were in a picture, by latitude from the equator, and western longitude.
After having dispatched a meal, I went ashore, and found no habitation save a single house, and that without an occupant; we had no doubt that the people had fled in terror at our approach, as the house was completely furnished.
The Indians on board said that thence to Cuba was a voyage in their canoes of a day and a half; these being small dug-outs without a sail. Such are their canoes. I departed thence for Cuba, for by the signs the Indians made of its greatness, and of its gold and pearls, I thought that it must be Cipango.
I ordered each man to be presented with something, as strings of ten or a dozen glass beads apiece, and thongs of leather, all which they estimated highly; those which came on board I directed should be fed with molasses.