Queen Isabella I. Quotes in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Queen Isabella I. Quotes:
Queen Isabella I.: [referring to Columbus' proposed expedition] The costs would be ruinous.
Sanchez: No more than the costs of two state banquettes.
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.
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.
Queen Isabella I.: I thought he was an idealist.
Duenna: Idealism and ambition are not incompatible.
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