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Christopher Columbus (Character)
from Columbus: The Lost Voyage (2007) (TV)

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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Columbus: Paradise and hell both can be earthly.

Sanchez: [Columbus stops Sanchez after he leaves an audience with the Queen. Sanchez looks at him, disgusted] You're a dreamer.
Columbus: [shooting a glance out of a window] Tell me, what do you see?
Sanchez: [pausing to look] I see rooftops, I see palaces, I see towers, I see spires that reach... to the sky! I see civilisation!
Columbus: All of them built by people like me.
[Sanchez doesn't respond - shocked]
Columbus: No matter how long you live, Sanchez, there is something that will never change between us. I did it. You didn't.

Columbus: Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier.

Columbus: We are trying to adapt to the Indian diet. Meat is only a memory for us.

Queen Isabella I.: [During her last audience with Columbus] I have looked for a reason why I should allow you to go back and although I've tried I couldn't find one. Help me find one.
Columbus: All my life I have dreamt of reaching the continent. I thought my dreams grandiose. But reality was beyond my expectations. Far beyond. And now I want to explore that land before I die.
Queen Isabella I.: I allow you to undertake another voyage. But without your brothers. Nor for you to return to Santo Domingo or any other colonies. The New World is a disaster.
Columbus: And the old one an achievement?
Queen Isabella I.: [after Columbus leaves] I know. I shouldn't tolerate his impertinence.
Sanchez: Then why?
Queen Isabella I.: Because he is not afraid of me.

Alonso: [Talking to Columbus in front of all the ship's crew] God doesn't want us to cross this ocean. This voyage is cursed. We set sail for greed. God has abandoned us. The voyage is cursed. There are signs.
Columbus: Juanito has the voice of an angel. What comes out of his mouth is blessed, Alonso. What comes out of yours is cursed. Listen to me. Every man is afraid when he does something for the first time. But those who overcome their fears will rightly earn their rewards. I don't know if it's God's will that we should cross this ocean but I am certain that it is you who puts fear into our hearts. We cannot be lost as long as we keep faith in God and in ourselves. In time they will talk about the courage of the first men who crossed this ocean and returned. And then you will be able to say to them: "I was on the Pinta, I was on the Nina and the Santa Maria."

Columbus: [Voice-over] October 21st, 1492. I think we have returned to Eden. Surely this is how the world was in the beginning of time. If the natives are to be converted to our ways, then it will be by persuasion and not by force. I believe no man will ever see this land again as we do, for the fist time. We come in peace and with honor. They are not savages, neither will we be. Treat them as you would your own wives and children. Respect their beliefs. Pillage will be punished by the whip. Rape, by the sword.

Queen Isabella I.: Rise. Come forward. I should not even be listening to you since my council has said "no". But Santangel tells me you are a man of honor and sincerity. And Sanchez that you are not completely mad.
Columbus: No more than the woman who said she would take Granada from the Moors.
Queen Isabella I.: They believe the ocean to be uncrossable, signor Columbus.
Columbus: What did they say about Granada before today?
Queen Isabella I.: That it was impregnable.

Columbus: I have waited too long. Fought too hard. And now you expect me to take all the risks while you take the profits? No. I am not a servant.
Sanchez: Signor Columbus, you're in no position to bargain with me.
Columbus: I'm not bargaining.
Sanchez: Then you are too ambitious.
Columbus: And were you never ambitious? Or is ambition only a virtue among nobles and a fault for the rest of us?
Sanchez: If you won't accept this proposal we can simply find someone who will.
Columbus: If you can do that, Excellency, I'll become a monk.

Arojaz: If God intended our proximity to Asia, do you believe that He would have waited for you to show it to the world?
Columbus: He chose a carpenter's son to reveal Himself to the world.
Arojaz: [Shocked] So you consider yourself the chosen one?

Sanchez: You seem to have a special talent for making enemies.
Columbus: Why? Do I have so many already?
Sanchez: Don't you think to rise so high in so short of time is a dangerous occupation?

Antonio de Marchena: [Reading from a letter] "And therefore nothing could justify the participation of your Majesties on a venture that relies on such feeble assumptions and which any man of knowledge would take to be impractical, if not impossible.
Columbus: They didn't listen. They don't want to listen.
Antonio de Marchena: You mustn't give way to despair. You must wait.
Columbus: Wait? I've waited seven years already! How much longer do you want me to wait?
Antonio de Marchena: If God intends you to go, you will go.
Columbus: Damn God! Damn of all of you! You all sit at your desks concocting theories! Based on what? You never leave the protection of your gardens. Go out! Find out what the world is about and then tell me something I can accept.

Columbus: Are we going to argue?
Beatrix: I'd love to argue with you more often. But you're never here.

Columbus: Why do you want to help me?
Santangel: Faith, hope, charity. But greater than all these is banking.

Columbus: I believe the Indies are no more than 750 leagues west of the Canary Islands.
Antonio de Marchena: How can you be so certain?
Columbus: The calculations of Toscanelli, Marin de Tyr, Esdras...
Antonio de Marchena: Esdras is a Jew...
Columbus: So was Christ.
Antonio de Marchena: Two minutes and you're already a dead man.
Columbus: For telling the truth?
Antonio de Marchena: Yes. They are burning people for less. The men you are about the confront have no emotions. You must learn to control your passion.
Columbus: Passion is something one cannot control.

Brother Buyl: You treat Christians equally with heathen savages. What do you offer in return?
Columbus: A New World, Buyl.


Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
Christopher Columbus: [to the Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor] I recall our blessed Lord said: here is a new commandment I give to you. That you love one another as I loved you. Surely it is not blasphemy to take that message to the shores of Africa or across the ocean sea.

Christopher Columbus: You said my faith would light my way, yet all I see before me is a sea of darkness. Why your highness has God forsaken me?

Christopher Columbus: [to the prostitute who tried to mug him] Stick to your profession, beware the Genoese, and shun the Devil!

Christopher Columbus: All my life I feel I've been chasing the sun, and at last I feel I'm going to catch it.


Christopher Columbus (1949)
Father Perez: I see you're a scholar, my son, as well as a traveler.
Christopher Columbus: Certainly a traveler, Father. I've sailed as far north as Iceland, as far south as Guinea, and eastward to the Golden Horn.
Father Perez: But that is to have reached the limits of the World.
Christopher Columbus: Of the known world? Yes, Father, but the actual world... not by a thousand leagues.
Father Perez: How can you say that - never having seen it?
Christopher Columbus: Have you ever seen Heaven or Hell?
Father Perez: We have sound reasons for believing they exist.
Christopher Columbus: I have sound reasons too.
Father Perez: What are they?
Christopher Columbus: The same as yours, Father, and revelations to which I can add cosmography and mathematics.

Christopher Columbus: [as he and Diego observe a native smoking tobacco] Doesn't that prove how backward they are? You never see a civilized man do that.


Carry on Columbus (1992)
Nina the Model: Well I'm off to Italy next week. Michelangelo wants to do me up on the ceiling.
Christopher Columbus: Well you mind you hang onto something while you're up there!

Christopher Columbus: [a slave presents the Chief and Columbus with cigars] What do you make of it?
Mordecai Mendoza: Some kind of vegetable? Looks like old dried cabbage.
[Columbus takes a bite]
Mordecai Mendoza: What does it taste like?
Christopher Columbus: Horse shit.
Mordecai Mendoza: Is it cooked?
Christopher Columbus: If it is they should shoot the cook.
[the slave lights the Chief's cigar]
Christopher Columbus: Well I'll be damned! Look at that. They cook it while you're eating it.
Mordecai Mendoza: So try it cooked.
[the slave lights Columbus' cigar. He has a puff]
Mordecai Mendoza: What's it taste like now?
Christopher Columbus: Still tastes like horse shit.


Night at the Museum (2006)
Reginald: [while trying to escape, Reginald is found by Christopher Columbus and the Neanderthals]
Reginald: Alright, boys. We can do this the easy way,
Reginald: [holds his cane in a threatening manner]
Reginald: or the hard way.
Christopher Columbus: [Columbus brandishes his sword and the Neanderthals raise their giant bones]
Reginald: [scared] I guess it's gonna be the hard way.
Christopher Columbus: [In Italian] E' tutto finito.


Columbus: The Lost Voyage (2007) (TV)
Cristobal Colon - Columbus: [gives an order] The hurricane is coming. Go and tell Ovando I need to hide my boats in Hispaniola harbour.
Diego Mendez: Admiral, you are not allowed to approach this island.
Cristobal Colon - Columbus: [furiously] The governor is a coward!... He is afraid of me!


The Story of Mankind (1957)
Christopher Columbus: And so Father, the ship sails east from Spain over a long and tedious route and finally, after much travel, it lands in the Indies. Now, just suppose it were possible to reach the Indies by traveling in the opposite direction. West instead of east. And just suppose the route was shorter and more direct.
Monk: Impossible. Impossible.
Christopher Columbus: Why?
Monk: I'll show you why. Only madmen would sail on the alchemy. You would sail right off the end of the earth into a dark abyss. Boom. No more ship.
Christopher Columbus: But suppose Father, that there were no end of the earth, no dark abyss. Here,
[Picks up an orange]
Christopher Columbus: Suppose this is Spain and suppose these are the Indies. And suppose instead of traveling east, the ship travels west to around the earth and in half the time, lands in the Indies.
Monk: Possible. Possible. Buono. Buono.