Ten Almost-Famous Map Quotes

Here’s some famous “quotes” “about maps.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the boss’s map ideas, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Map Twain

“I have not failed. I’ve just made 10,000 non-normalized choropleths.”
Thomas A. Mapitson

“Great minds discuss cartography; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
Eleanor Compass Rose

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried building a tileset for zooms one through eighteen for the world in 12 languages with three separate worldviews of administrative boundaries.”
Albert Conformal Einstein

“If you can’t include a hundred layers, then include just one.”
Mapper Teresa

“Ask not what OpenStreetMap can do for you. Ask what you can do for OpenStreetMap.”
John F. OpenSource

“Aesthetic is worthwhile in itself.”
Amelia Map<3

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a cartographer.”
John Query Adams

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and worrying about the pronunciation of choropleth.”

“When one door of mappiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Mapen Keller

  1. #1 by Kevin on October 15, 2013 - 4:21 pm


  2. #2 by Hannes on October 16, 2013 - 7:52 am

    “Error: ArcMap.exe has encountered an error and needs to close. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
    D’Argh Gis

  3. #3 by G.P. on October 17, 2013 - 7:25 am

    Thanks Kevin, it was fun to put together.

    Thanks for your contribution Hannes. :)

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