Explorers Quotes

Quotes tagged as "explorers" (showing 1-25 of 25)
Shannon L. Alder
“God always brings someone into your life that has traveled the same path and knows the rocks you climbed to get to the end of the trail.”
Shannon L. Alder

David Grann
“Years later, another member [of the Royal Geographical Society] conceded, "Explorers are not, perhaps, the most promising people with whom to build a society. Indeed, some might say that explorers become explorers precisely because they have a streak of unsociability and a need to remove themselves at regular intervals as far as possible from their fellow men.”
David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

“Advice to explorers everywhere: if you would like to recieve due credit for your discoveries, keep a detailed account of your journeys as Columbus did. On Septemeber 28, 1492, after four weeks at sea, he writes: Dear diary...I means journal. Yes, dear journal. That's what I meant to say. Whew. Anyway, we have yet to discover America, and the crew has become increasingly rebellious. I have decided to turn back if we have not spotted it by Columbus Day. Will write again later if not killed by crew. P.S. Last night's buffet was fabulous, the ice sculptures magnificent.”
Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

Terry Pratchett
“the Ankh-Morpork Trespassers' Society was originally the Explorers' Society until Lord Vetinari forcibly insisted that most of the places 'discovered' by the society's members already had people in them, who were already trying to sell snakes to the newcomers.”
Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

Mireya Mayor
“Every morning in the middle of nowhere, without electricity or anyone to impress, I'd take great care in picking out my outfit and hover in front of a business card-size mirror to apply my lip gloss and check my eyebrows. I also felt I had a strong case for bringing a little black dress on expeditions. Village parties spring up more often than you might expect, and despite never having been a Girl Scout, I like to be prepared.”
Mireya Mayor, Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

Bill Bryson
“The real significance of Magellan's voyage was not that it was the first to circumnavigate the planet, but that it was the first to realize just how big that planet was.”
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life

“All children are born rebels and explorers until they're taught to sit still and obey.”
Marty Rubin

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“We write, not because we claim to know more than others, but perhaps because we want to know more than others. Writers are explorers”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Tahir Shah
“Explorers like to pretend that they are a select breed of people with iron nerve and an ability to endure terrible hardship.”
Tahir Shah, Travels With Myself

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Wherever you are, you have to be joyfully alive.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Alain de Botton
“Humboldt's early biographer, F.A. Schwarzenberg, subtitled his life of Humboldt What May Be Accomplished in a Lifetime. He summarised the areas of his subject's extraordinary curiosity as follows: '1) The knowledge of the Earth and its inhabitants. 2) The discovery of the higher laws of nature, which govern the universe, men, animals, plants, minerals. 3) The discovery of new forms of life. 4) The discovery of territories hitherto but imperfectly known, and their various productions. 5)
The acquaintance with new species of the human race--- their manners, their language and the historical traces of their culture.'
What may be accomplished in a lifetime---and seldom or never is.”
Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Sanhita Baruah
“I have seen travel plans happen only when they were made overnight.”
Sanhita Baruah

Giles Milton
“Juet's journal frequently records how only a tiny quantity of alcohol was needed to get the Indians drunk, 'for they could not take it'; and tales of the drunkenness that greeted Hudsons' arrival persisted among the native Indians until the last century. Indeed Heckewelder claims that the name Manhattan is derived from the drunkenness that took place there, since the Indian word 'manahactanienk' means 'the island of general intoxication'.”
Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

Hong  Mei
“Faxian and Xuanzang might have been the first Chinese to travel to India, but sometimes it felt like I was the first.”
Hong Mei 洪梅

Giles Milton
“He penned a letter to the Company in London, a letter whose unfailing spirit would become legendary among the sailors of the East India Company. 'I cannot tell where you should looke for me.' he wrote, 'because I live at the devotion of the winds and seas.'
(Written by/about Captain James Lancaster, on the ship Red Dragon, during a terrible storm, 1603)”
Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

Giles Milton
“Setting sail from Tidore, his next port of call was the island of Celebes, where he found himself royally entertained by the King of Butung.... This island unknown to the English but Middleton (Captain David Middleton) enjoyed his stay here and found the King a curious fellow who was only to keen to entertain his guests with banquets and sweetmeats. Some meals were novel affairs; the ship's purser found himself eating in a room whose interior decor consisted entirely of rotting human heads, dangling from the ceiling.”
Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

Giles Milton
“Realising that Mauritius could be a valuable port of call for Dutch ships Heemskerck put a rooster and some hens ashore and planted orange and lemon seeds, invoking 'the Almighty God's blessing that He may lend His power to make them multiply and grow for the benefit of those who will visit the island after us'.”
Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

“Every experience has a pattern and sometimes it teaches us through the spirit of patience captured, that there are no coincidences in life.”
Deejay Kapil

James L. Cambias
“Where the explorers go, conquerors and exploiters always follow.”
James Cambias, A Darkling Sea

Larry J. Dunlap
“We live on the thin skin of a planet that rotates at about a thousand miles an hour, travels sixty-six thousand miles an hour around a gigantic gas fire, in a galaxy of a billion more wild fires moving at 1.3 trillion miles an hour across a barely comprehendible Universe. Forget the mission of the Starship Enterprise; we are unwitting galactic explorers traveling into uncharted territory at terrifying speed in every second of our existence. Cataclysmic events can happen at any moment.”
Larry J. Dunlap, Night People

Hampton Sides
“When De Long arrived in California with Emma that May, he went straight down to the yard and feasted his eyes upon his new ship. He was smitten by the transformation that had taken place during his absence. "I am perfectly satisfied with her," he wrote. "She is everything I want.”
Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

“Every intelligent man saw the poverty that would follow the destruction of the beaver, but there were no chiefs to control it; all was perfect liberty and equality.”
David Thompson

“My father's a frustrated explorer, so I'm on a first-name basis with a lot of dead men." "Yes, there's a whole generation of those kind of fathers, isn't there? Men cut out for Shackleton's adventures but forced to work as accountants or teachers...It's a bloody shame, actually. There's nothing left for them.”
Ashley Shelby, South Pole Station

“Although his log entries do not speak of America per se, a chart created by Admiral Zheng was used to make a detailed map of the world. A copy of this map, drawn in 1763, was found in a second-hand bookshop and was offered as evidence that Zheng’s fleet was the first to discover America. At the age of 61, Admiral Zheng died aboard ship and befittingly was buried at sea.
The Chinese sailed on very large ships, some of which were 450 feet long and 180 feet wide, in fact larger than any other of that time. They were certainly large enough to circumnavigate the world. Typical donut-shaped stone anchors of the type used by the Chinese have been found off the coast of California, as well as the west coast of South America, substantiating their claims.
Zheng’s journal states that it took 270 days to sail from China to California on his voyage across the Pacific. On another expedition, he described rounding the bottom of Africa and sailing into the Atlantic, to what could well have been South America and the Caribbean.”
Captain Hank Bracker, "The Exciting Story of Cuba"

Michele Petrucci
Messner: – Avvistiamo la base americana sulla costa, la McMurdo. Ce l’abbiamo fatta. … Il primo americano mi chiede se abbiamo realizzato un record. … Il primo giapponese fotografa il mio equipaggiamento. … Il primo italiano mi abbraccia. … Il primo russo vuole bere vodka insieme. … Il primo francese chiede se dei francesi hanno già compiuto quel viaggio prima di noi. … Il primo britannico chiede se abbiamo trainato noi le slitte. … Il primo tedesco che incontro mi chiede: “Perché?” … Non so rispondergli.”
Michele Petrucci, Messner: La montagna, il vuoto, la fenice