Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

A Quote by Christopher Columbus on certainty, charity, death, god, honesty, honor, hope, justice, lies, purpose, sincerity, truth, wealth, and zeal

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Lettera Rarissima to the Sovereigns, July 7, 1503 (Fourth Voyage)

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on god and pleasure

"Thanks be to God," says the Admiral, "the air is soft as in April in Seville, and it is a pleasure to be in it, so fragrant it is."

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, October 8, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on authority, water, and world

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to the Sovereigns on the Third Voyage, October 18, 1498

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on faith, wealth, and world

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to the Sovereigns on the Third Voyage, October 18, 1498

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on brothers, certainty, death, despair, destruction, god, jobs, safety, sons, and weather

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Lettera Rarissima to the Sovereigns, July 7, 1503 (Fourth Voyage)

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on certainty, christianity, history, men, people, and women

The two Christians met on the way many people who were going to their towns, women and men, with a firebrand in the hand, [and] herbs to drink the smoke thereof, as they are accustomed. The first certain reference in history to smoking tobacco.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, November 6, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on belief and reason

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the Third Voyage, May 3o—August 3I, 1493

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on divinity, judgment, manners, mountains, people, religion, and world

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to Dona Juana de Torres, October 1500

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on belief, fear, goodness, people, and power

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 (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to the Sovereigns on the First Voyage, February 15–March 4, 1493

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on belief, fear, giving, losing, love, and sharing

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. This letter, the first and rarest of all printed Americana, describes the scenery and the natives of Hispaniola.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to the Sovereigns on the First Voyage, February 15–March 4, 1493

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