Quotes About Geography

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Mark Twain
“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
Mark Twain

Ringo Starr
(Media question to Beatles during first U.S. tour 1964)
"How do you find America?"
"Turn left at Greenland.”
Ringo Starr

S.E. Hinton
“Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.”
S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Michael Ondaatje
“All I ever wanted was a world without maps.”
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

David Mitchell
“Three or four times only in my youth did I glimpse the Joyous Isles, before they were lost to fogs, depressions, cold fronts, ill winds, and contrary tides... I mistook them for adulthood. Assuming they were a fixed feature in my life's voyage, I neglected to record their latitude, their longitude, their approach. Young ruddy fool. What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Rick Riordan
“Here's a tip, Alyconeus. Next time you choose the biggest state for your home, don't set up base in the part that's only 10 miles wide.
Welcome to Canada, idiot.”
Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune

John Steinbeck
“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous.
But there is one thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”
John Steinbeck, America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

“I get to go to overseas places, like Canada.”
Britney Spears

Brian Andreas
“I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”
Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas

Terry Pratchett
“Everywhere's been where it is ever since it was first put there. It's called geography.”
Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

Maggie Stiefvater
“The truth is, until you know any different, the island is enough.
Actually, I know different. And it's still enough.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

Neil Gaiman
“Note for Americans and other aliens: Milton Keynes is a new city approximately halfway between London and Birmingham. It was built to be modern, efficient, healthy, and, all in all, a pleasant place to live. Many Britons find this amusing.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Dejan Stojanovic
“Dreams are our only geography—our native land.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Abraham Verghese
“Geography is destiny.”
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

Ken Jennings
“The decline of geography in academia is easy to understand: we live in an age of ever-increasing specialization, and geography is a generalist's discipline. Imagine the poor geographer trying to explain to someone at a campus cocktail party (or even to an unsympathetic adminitrator) exactly what it is he or she studies.
"Geography is Greek for 'writing about the earth.' We study the Earth."
"Right, like geologists."
"Well, yes, but we're interested in the whole world, not just the rocky bits. Geographers also study oceans, lakes, the water cycle..."
"So, it's like oceanography or hydrology."
"And the atmosphere."
"Meteorology, climatology..."
"It's broader than just physical geography. We're also interested in how humans relate to their planet."
"How is that different from ecology or environmental science?"
"Well, it encompasses them. Aspects of them. But we also study the social and economic and cultural and geopolitical sides of--"
"Sociology, economics, cultural studies, poli sci."
"Some geographers specialize in different world regions."
"Ah, right, we have Asian and African and Latin American studies programs here. But I didn't know they were part of the geography department."
"They're not."
(Long pause.)
"So, uh, what is it that do study then?”
Ken Jennings

Terry Pratchett
“Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.”
Terry Pratchett

Alessandro Baricco
“- Com'è l'Africa? - gli chiedevano.
- Stanca.”
Alessandro Baricco, Silk

Dan C. Quayle
“It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago”
Dan C. Quayle

Linda Leaming
“Bhutan does seem a bit unreal at times. Hardly anybody in the U.S. knows where it is. I have friends who still think the entire country is a figment of my imagination. When I was getting ready to move there, and I told people I was going to work in Bhutan, they'd inevitably ask, "Where's Butane?"

It is near Africa," I'd answer, to throw them off the trail. "It's where all the disposable lighters come from."

They'd nod in understanding.”
Linda Leaming, Married to Bhutan

Annie Dillard
“Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein "starts" shapes its end as surely as bowls shape water.”
Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

Aleksandar Hemon
“I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul.”
Aleksandar Hemon

Guy Davenport
“Man was first a hunter, and an artist: his early vestiges tell us that alone. But he must always have dreamed, and recognized and guessed and supposed, all the skills of the imagination. Language itself is a continuously imaginative act. Rational discourse outside our familiar territory of Greek logic sounds to our ears like the wildest imagination. The Dogon, a people of West Africa, will tell you that a white fox named Ogo frequently weaves himself a hat of string bean hulls, puts it on his impudent head, and dances in the okra to insult and infuriate God Almighty, and that there's nothing we can do about it except abide him in faith and patience.

This is not folklore, or quaint custom, but as serious a matter to the Dogon as a filling station to us Americans. The imagination; that is, the way we shape and use the world, indeed the way we see the world, has geographical boundaries like islands, continents, and countries. These boundaries can be crossed. That Dogon fox and his impudent dance came to live with us, but in a different body, and to serve a different mode of the imagination. We call him Brer Rabbit.”
Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays

-¿Por qué vá a subir al Everest?
-Porque está ahí.”
Conrad Anker, The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt. Everest

Ken Jennings
Eratosthenes, the mapmaker who was the first man to accurately measure the size of the Earth, was a librarian.”
Ken Jennings, Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

“A high upland common was this moor, two miles from end to end, and full of furze and bracken. There were no trees and not a house, nothing but a line of telegraph poles following the road, sweeping with rigidity from north to south; nailed upon one of them a small scarlet notice to stonethrowers was prominent as a wound. On so high and wide a region as Shag Moor the wind always blew, or if it did not quite blow there was a cool activity in the air. The furze was always green and growing, and, taking no account of seasons, often golden. Here in summer solitude lounged and snoozed; at other times, as now, it shivered and looked sinister. ("The Higgler")”
A.E. Coppard, Dusky Ruth: And Other Stories

K. Lee Lerner
“There is adventure in finding compelling stories and exploring complex issues in challenging environments, but there is also a responsibility to tell those stories accurately and objectively.”
K. Lee Lerner, Human Geography: People and the Environment

Dan C. Quayle
“I love California; I practically grew up in Phoenix.”
Dan C. Quayle

Will Advise
“All Authors come from the unified countrynent known as Australia. Authors live in the future where love is external.”
Will Advise

“History rhymes, but geography endures.”
Andrew C. Katen

Will Durant
“War does one good—it teaches people geography.”
Will Durant, The Age of Faith

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