Famous quotes by Explorers


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"A British declaration be taken against Martinez for 'capturing and robbing us"
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"Not considering this opening worthy of more attention, I continued our pursuit to the Northwest, being desirous to embrace the advantages of the prevailing breeze"
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"We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South"
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"Anyhow, a philosophical turn of thought now was not amiss, else one's patience would have given out almost at the harbour entrance. The term of her probation was eight days"
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"Faith is a continuation of reason"
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"The Indians, I was now speaking of, were not content with the common Enemies that lessen and destroy their Country-men, but invented an infallible Stratagem to purge their Tribe, and reduce their Multitude into far less Numbers"
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"Adventure is just bad planning"
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"To be taken into account were some years of schooling, where I studied with diligence Neptune's laws, and these laws I tried to obey when I sailed overseas; it was worth the while"
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"Nothing escapes the vigilance of the New South Wales police; their reputation is known the world over"
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"On this day there was soon wind enough and to spare. The same might have been said of the sea. The Spray was in the midst of the turbulent Gulf Stream itself. She was jumping like a porpoise over the uneasy waves"
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"Captain Fisher, the commander, with a party of young ladies from the city and gentlemen belonging to his ship, came one day to pay me a visit in the midst of a deluge of rain"
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"My ship was also in better condition than when she sailed from Boston on her long voyage. She was still as sound as a nut, and as tight as the best ship afloat. She did not leak a drop - not one drop!"
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"Was the crew well? Was I not? I had profited in many ways by the voyage. I had even gained flesh, and actually weighed a pound more than when I sailed from Boston"
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"They made a shrewd guess that I could give them some useful information, and they were the first to meet me. Some one said they came to arrest me, and - well, let it go at that"
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"It was the nearest to a casualty on the Spray in her whole course, so far as I know. The young man having come on board with compliments made the mishap most embarrassing"
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"If the Spray discovered no continents on her voyage, it may be that there were no more continents to be discovered. She did not seek new worlds, or sail to pow-wow about the dangers of the sea"
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"And now, without having wearied my friends, I hope, with detailed scientific accounts, theories, or deductions, I will only say that I have endeavoured to tell just the story of the adventure itself"
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"Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be"
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"Their way of Dancing, is nothing but a sort of stamping Motion, much like the treading upon Founders Bellows"
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"The Inhabitants of Carolina, thro' the Richness of the Soil, live an easy and pleasant Life"
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"The Indian Corn, or Maiz, proves the most useful Grain in the World; and had it not been for the Fruitfulness of this Species, it would have proved very difficult to have settled some of the Plantations in America"
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"The Allegator is the same, as the Crocodile, and differs only in Name"
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"The Merchants of Carolina, are fair, frank Traders"
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"New planted Colonies are generally attended with a Force and Necessity of Planting the known and approved Staple and Product of the Country, as well as all the Provisions their Families spend"
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"Many of the French follow a Trade with the Indians, living very conveniently for that Interest"
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"I go on expeditions for the same reason an estate agent sells houses - to pay the bills"
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"If I know I make this much trouble, I never climb Everest"
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"If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame"
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"We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned"
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"We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so"
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