If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.
— Unknown

The American who first discovered columbus made a bad discovery.
G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg columbus quote

Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
— James Joyce

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
— columbus quotation by Oscar Wilde