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Here is a collection of Marco Polo quotes and sayings on exploration, culture, travel, story, law, China, India, book, flavor, men, atheism, food, kings, science etc.

16 Marco Polo Quotes That Will Enlighten You

Quick Facts

Born On: 1254 AD

Died On: January 9, 1324

Born In: Venice

Died At Age: 70

Marco Polo was a traveller and merchant from Venice. Being born into a merchant family, Macro travelled a lot along with his father and uncle and learnt the art of trade. His father and uncle had travelled through Asia and met the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. Thereafter, his father and uncle returned back to Venice. Later, the three of them embarked on a journey to Asia, only to return after 24 years. During this journey, Marco encountered many problems, which he considered adventurous. It took him four years to reach China, and he spent almost 23 years in different parts of China and other Asian countries. Impressed with Marco, Khan employed him as a special envoy and he travelled to 50 other Asian counties including Burma and India. As years went by, Marco served as a governor of the Chinese city and later he was appointed as one of the officials of Privy Council and later served as the tax inspector in the Yanzhou city. Spending 17 years in the Chinese Kingdom, Macro headed back to Venice, only to find that Venice was embroiled in a war with Genoa. He was imprisoned, and met Rustichello, who was a writer and helped him to write the book, ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’, which was originally known as ‘The Description of The World’. Marco’s thoughts on travel, culture are purely based out of his life and experiences. We have gathered few of his sayings from his book and life. Here is a collection of Marco Polo quotes and sayings on exploration, culture, travel, story, law, China, India, book, flavor, men, atheism, food, kings, science etc.

I have not told the half of what I saw.

Marco Polo

Without stones there is no arch.

Marco Polo

My heart beats as much as I can breathe.

Marco Polo

I speak and speak, [...] but the listener retains only the words he is expecting. [...] It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.

Marco Polo

I have not told half of what I saw.

Marco Polo

I did not write half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed

Marco Polo

The militant Muslim is the person who beheads the infidel, while the moderate Muslim holds the feet of the victim.

Marco Polo

The true sweetness of wine is one flavor

Marco Polo

The law which their prophet Mohamed has given to muslims is that any harm done to any one who does not accept their law and any appropriation of his goods, is no sin at all.

Marco Polo

I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed

Marco Polo

Here people was once used to be honourable: now they are all bad; they have kept one goodness: that they are greatest boozers.

Marco Polo

I believe it was God's will that we should come back, so that men might know the things that are in the world, since, as we have said in the first chapter of this book, no other man, Christian or Saracen, Mongol or pagan, has explored so much of the world as Messer Marco, son of Messer Niccolo Polo, great and noble citizen of the city of Venice.

Marco Polo

If you put together all the Christians in the world, with their Emperors and their Kings, the whole of these Christians, - aye, and throw in the Saracens to boot, - would not have such power, or be able to do so much as this Kublai, who is Lord of all the Tartars in the world.

Marco Polo

To the north of Armenia lies Zorzania Georgia, near the confines of which there is a fountain of oil which discharges so great a quantity as to furnish loading for many camels. The use made of it is not for the purpose of food, but as an unguent for the cure of cutaneous distempers in men and cattle, as well as other complaints, and it is also good for burning. In the surrounding country no other oil is used in their lamps, and people come from distant parts to procure it.

Marco Polo

The personal appearance of the Great Kaan, Lord of Lords, whose name is Cublay, is such as I shall now tell you.

Marco Polo

One of these nuts is a meal for a man, both meat and drink.

Marco Polo