If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.
Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish author.
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.
We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) American politician.
For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.