54+ Best Christopher Columbus Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and colonizer who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that opened the New World for conquest and permanent European colonization of the Americas. Profoundly inspirational Christopher Columbus quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Christopher Columbus Quotes

It was the Lord who put into my mind that fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures. – Christopher Columbus

The tempest was terrible and separated me from my [other] vessels that night, putting every one of them in desperate straits, with nothing to look forward to but death. Each was certain the others had been destroyed. What man ever born, not excepting Job, who would not have died of despair, when in such weather seeking safety for my son, my brother, shipmates, and myself, we were forbidden [access to] the land and the harbors which I, by God’s will and sweating blood, had won for Spain? – Christopher Columbus

The two Christians met on the way many people who were going to their towns, women and men, with a firebrand in the hand, herbs to drink the smoke thereof, as they are accustomed. – Christopher Columbus

Sailed this day nineteen leagues, and determined to count less than the true number, that the crew might not be dismayed if the voyage should prove long. – Christopher Columbus

With gold a man can do anything. It even sends souls to paradise. – Christopher Columbus

I went to sea from the most tender age and have continued in a sea life to this day. Whoever gives himself up to this art wants to know the secrets of Nature here below. It is more than forty years that I have been thus engaged. Wherever any one has sailed, there I have sailed. – Christopher Columbus

The Admiral says that he never beheld so fair a thing: trees all along the river, beautiful and green, and different from ours, with flowers and fruits each according to their kind, many birds and little birds which sing very sweetly. – Christopher Columbus

I saw a boy of the crew purchasing javelins of them with bits of platters and broken glass. – Christopher Columbus

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that is in the power of men to give Him. Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him. – Christopher Columbus

I’m telling you that India is that way, now set my course. – Christopher Columbus

And they know neither sect nor idolatry, with the exception that all believe that the source of all power and goodness is in the sky, and they believe very firmly that I, with these ships and people, came from the sky, and in this belief they everywhere received me, after they had overcome their fear. – Christopher Columbus

I have always read that the world, both land and water, was spherical, as the authority and researches of Ptolemy and all the others who have written on this subject demonstrate and prove, as do the eclipses of the moon and other experiments that are made from east to west, and the elevation of the North Star from north to south. – Christopher Columbus

3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime. According to some ancient manuscripts 9 is not a prime number, but beyond the distant horizon of the oceans, in the New World that I am going to discover, there are surely lots of them. – Christopher Columbus

It is true that after they have been reassured and have lost this fear, they are so artless and so free with all they possess, that no one would believe it without having seen it. Of anything they have, if you ask them for it, they never say no; rather they invite the person to share it and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts. – Christopher Columbus

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. – Christopher Columbus

He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise. – Christopher Columbus

I should be judged as a captain who went from Spain to the Indies to conquer a people numerous and warlike, whose manners and religion are very different from ours, who live in sierras and mountains, without fixed settlements, and where by divine will I have placed under the sovereignty of the King and Queen our Lords, an Other World, whereby Spain, which was reckoned poor, is become the richest of countries. Columbus is coming from the Indies as a prisoner to Cadiz. – Christopher Columbus

Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage; but the Admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have. He added that it was useless to complain, he had come [to go] to the Indies, and so had to continue it until he found them, with the help of Our Lord. – Christopher Columbus

Of this voyage, I observe, that it has miraculously been shown, as may be understood by this writing, by the many signal miracles that He has shown on the voyage, and for me, who for so great a time was in the court of Your Highnesses with the opposition and against the opinion of so many high personages of your household, who were all against me, alleging this undertaking to be folly, which I hope in Our Lord will be to the greater glory of Christianity, which to some slight extent already has happened. – Christopher Columbus

Weep for me, whoever has charity, truth and justice! I did not come on this voyage for gain, honor or wealth, that is certain; for then the hope of all such things was dead. I came to Your Highnesses with honest purpose and sincere zeal; and I do not lie. I humbly beseech Your Highnesses that, if it please God to remove me hence, you will help me to go to Rome and on other pilgrimages. – Christopher Columbus

Your Highnesses have an Other World here, by which our holy faith can be so greatly advanced and from which such great wealth can be drawn. – Christopher Columbus

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. – Christopher Columbus

An old man came on board my boat; the others, both men and women cried with loud voices: Come and see the men who have come from the sky. Bring them victuals and drink. – Christopher Columbus

I came to serve you at the age of 28 and now I have not a hair on me that is not white, and my body is infirm and exhausted. All that was left to me and my brothers has been taken away and sold, even to the cloak that I wore, without hearing or trial, to my great dishonor. – Christopher Columbus

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. – Christopher Columbus

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. – Christopher Columbus

I found that part of it towards San Salvador extending from north to south five leagues, and the other side which we coasted along, ran from east to west more than ten leagues. – Christopher Columbus

Life has more imagination than We carry in our dreams. – Christopher Columbus

A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand. – Christopher Columbus

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. – Christopher Columbus

It is hoped that by God’s assistance, some of the continents in the Ocean will be discovered … for the Glory of God. – Christopher Columbus

But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them. – Christopher Columbus

It is easy to discover what another has discovered before. – Christopher Columbus

And I say that Your Highnesses ought not to consent that any foreigner does business or sets foot here, except Christian Catholics, since this was the end and the beginning of the enterprise, that it should be for the enhancement and glory of the Christian religion, nor should anyone who is not a good Christian come to these parts. – Christopher Columbus

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. – Christopher Columbus

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Variants include You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

Nothing that results in human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. Those that are enlightened before the others are condemned to pursue that light in spite of the others. – Christopher Columbus

The crew of the caravel Nina also saw signs of land, and a small branch covered with berries. Everyone breathed afresh and rejoiced at these signs. – Christopher Columbus

Their houses are all built in the shape of tents, with very high chimneys. – Christopher Columbus

Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities. – Christopher Columbus

Thanks be to God, the air is soft as in April in Seville, and it is a pleasure to be in it, so fragrant it is. – Christopher Columbus

Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood. – Christopher Columbus

I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown. I am greatly supported in this view by reason of this great river [Ozama], and by this sea which is fresh. – Christopher Columbus

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. – Christopher Columbus

These people are very unskilled in arms… with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished. – Christopher Columbus

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. – Christopher Columbus

The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it. – Christopher Columbus

And your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians and Princes, devoted to the holy Christian faith and the propagation thereof – and enemies of the sect of Mohammet and of all idolatries and heresies, resolved to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the said – Christopher Columbus

I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone. – Christopher Columbus

Dynamic, rapidly expanding European monarchy seeks a can-do visionary to head up its South American divisions. Our ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience in New World colonization and be willing to accept shift work. Fluency in Spanish an asset. Some travel involved – Christopher Columbus

Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world and succeeds in helping souls into paradise. – Christopher Columbus

For this purpose, I determined to keep an account of the voyage, and to write down punctually everything we performed or saw from day to day, as will hereafter appear. – Christopher Columbus

Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier. – Christopher Columbus

Gold is the most precious of all commodities; gold constitutes treasure, and he who possesses it has all he needs in the world, as also the means of rescuing souls from purgatory, and restoring them to the enjoyment of paradise. – Christopher Columbus

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