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9 great map quotes

  • Jul 06, 2014
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Here at Canadian Geographic, we are unrepentant in our obsession with maps. We also have a soft spot for quotes. So for today’s #MapMonday, we thought we’d join our two loves! Think we missed a worthy addition? Add it in the comments!

1. “Maps encourage boldness. They’re like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.”
? Mark Jenkins

2. “Geographers never get lost. They just do accidental field work.”
? Nicholas Chrisman

3. “I’ve always been fascinated by maps and cartography. A map tells you where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going — in a sense it’s three tenses in one.”
? Peter Greenaway

4. “Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.”
— Terry Pratchett

5. “Maps are like campfires — everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance, and find agreement about how to help the land.”
? Sonoma Ecology Center, GIS/IS Program Web Site

6. “Our earth is a globe
whose surface we probe
no map can replace her
but just try to trace her”
? Steve Waterman

7. “Without geography, you’re nowhere!”
? Jimmy Buffett

8. “There’s no blank spots on the map anymore, anywhere on earth. If you want a blank spot on the map, you gotta leave the map behind.”
? Jon Krakauer

9. “A map is the greatest of all epic poems. Its lines and colors show the realization of great dreams.”
? Gilbert H. Grosvenor


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