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Quotations for Columbus Day
Okay, so putting aside the fact that Columbus Day as we previously knew it is actually more of a fake USA federal holiday, or outdated, misleading, or however you want to say it — considering that the brutal explorer Columbus never set foot in North America — let's just call some of these quotations historical and educational and literary. I've collected them for far too many years to trash them all now! Some places have renamed the holiday Discovery Day, Indigenous Peoples Day (what, no apostrophe‽), Native American Day, American Indian Heritage Day, etc. So let's get whatever we can out of these quotes. You know what they say — love the words, hate the explorer.
The daring mariner shall urge far o'er
The Western wave, a smooth and level plain,
Albeit the earth is fashioned like a wheel.
He gave the world another world. ~George Santayana
So Columbus said, somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail for it,
And he discovered America and they put him in jail for it,
And the fetters gave him welts,
And they named America after somebody else.
~Ogden Nash, Columbus
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. ~John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929
America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole. ~Bobcat Goldthwaite
The red man of the forest was formerly a very respectful person. At the time Chris. arrove on these shores, the savages was virtuous and happy. They were innocent of secession, rum, draw-poker, and sinfulness generally. They had no Congress, faro banks, delirium tremens, or Associated Press. Their habits was consequently good. Late suppers, dyspepsy, gas companies, thieves, ward politicians, pretty waiter-girls, and other metropolitan refinements, were unknown among them. No savage in good standing would take postage-stamps. The female aborigine never died of consumption, because she didn't tie her waist up in whalebone things; but in loose and flowing garments she bounded, with naked feet, over hills and plains like the wild and frisky antelope. It was an unlucky moment for us when Chris. set his foot onto these here shores. It would have been better for us of the present day if the Indians had given him a warm meal and sent him home. For the savages owned the country, and Columbus was a fillibuster. Cortez, Pizarro, and Walker were one-horse fillibusters—Columbus was a four-horse team fillibuster, and a large yellow dog under the wagon. I say, in view of the mess we are making of things, it would have been better for us if Columbus had stayed to home. ~Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Brown), "The Noble Red Man," in Vanity Fair, 1862 October 11th [a little altered
We shall be inclined to pronounce the voyage that led to the way to this New World as the most epoch-making event of all that have occurred since the birth of Christ. ~John Fiske
Since our Nation's founding, we have been driven by strength in the face of uncertainty and by a bold spirit of adventure. These defining forces were reflected in the early discovery of our continent when Leif Erikson — a son of Iceland and grandson of Norway — and his team became the first Europeans known to land on North American shores. On Leif Erikson Day, we honor him as an important piece of our shared past with the Norwegian people, and we celebrate the perilous yet rewarding voyage he and his crew undertook one millennium ago.... Today, we pay tribute to those who embarked on these expeditions and recognize the role they played in shaping our legacy as a Nation of immigrants. ~Barack Obama, 2015 October 8th, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary [October 9th of each year.
For all mankind that unstained scroll unfurled,
Where God might write anew the story of the World.
~Edward Everett Hale
With this humble instrumentality did it please Providence to prepare the theatre for those events by which a new dispensation of liberty was to be communicated to man. ~Edward Everett
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at. ~Author Unknown
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. ~Oscar Wilde
Aborigines, n.: Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: "On! sail on!"
He stands in history as the completer of the globe. ~John Sterling
Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course. ~Lee Trevino
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. ~Robert Orben
Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Author Unknown
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore,
At the rim of a far-flung sky.
He stands out among the beacon lights of history as a man of vision dominated by a definite purpose. ~John George Jones
Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things. ~Aldous Huxley, "Wordsworth in the Tropics"
Was this his face, and these the finding eyes
That plucked a new world from the rolling seas?
~George Edward Woodberry
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~James Joyce
The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it. ~Robert L. Park, in The New York Times, 7 December 1999
Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument! ~Justin Winsor
What faith in man must in our new world beat,
Thinking how once he saw before his face
The west and all the host of stars retreat
Into the silent infinite of space!
~George Edward Woodberry
He leaves in the background of fame all other navigators whose names are written in the priceless annals of discovery. ~Emilio Castelar