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Finding the best atlas quotes might be daunting for some.

Don’t worry if you are one of them, as we have covered you.

Here, we will share with you the best 50 atlas quotes. 

However, if you aren’t familiar with the term ‘Atlas,’ look at the section below. 

This is where you can find basic information about Atlas and its history. 

So, let’s start!

What is an atlas?

An atlas is simply a collection of maps bound in the shape of a book. 

Some specialized atlases, including historical and road atlases, offer specific information about a country or geographic location. 

Besides, you can also come across a star atlas, which offers information about the placement and movement of the planets, stars, or other celestial bodies.

In addition, atlases also offer key facts about certain places around the globe, including:

  • Stats about the country’s population 
  • Location of various natural resources 
  • Religious and cultural information 
  • Relevant political data

History of atlas

Although we have been using maps for generations, atlases existed during 1500 A.D. 

Explorers from Asian and European countries started exploring the world. 

As a result, the need for a guiding tool like an atlas was established. 

European explorers found America and updated the world map depending on their discoveries and explorations. 

In 1595, Gerardus Mercator (a Flemish mapmaker) collected all the maps and published them in a book named “Atlas.” 

Apart from this, Atlas also refers to the portrait of ‘King Atlas,’ an African monarch (mythical). 

King Atlas was the first person to invent the ‘Celestial Globe,’ a ball-shaped map showing the positions of stars and various constellations. 

‘Celestial Globe’ was handy for navigation through lands and seas.

Sailors used this type of map to locate their position when sailing through the seas. 

Types of atlases

There are three main types of atlases:

  • General-Reference Atlases: These types of atlases usually cover the entire earth offering information about the tabular data, satellite images, latitude, longitude, etc.
  • Regional and National Atlases: offer information about a specific region or country.
  • Thematic Atlases: Atlases like these are related to geographic themes, i.e., geology, demography, climatology, planning, land use, etc.

Top 10 atlas quotes

Here are the best atlas quotes to read, enjoy, and share. 

1. “He ain’t in your world you can take em off your atlas.” Drake

2. “I’m looking like Atlas, not Professor Klump.” Martellus Bennett

3. “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder.” Vandana Shiva

4. “A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane.” Mark Twain

5. “I would read the atlas for pleasure. I knew it was weird. It was weird.” Ken Jennings

6. “Buy an atlas and keep it by the bed – remember you can go anywhere.” — Joanna Lumley 

7. “I [had] added another small piece to the pages of the atlas that were real to me.” — Evelyn Waugh

8. “I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it.” Paul Ryan

9. “Cloud Atlas’ is for everybody. The main character in the movie is humanity.” Lilly Wachowski 

10. “Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip.” — J. Maarten Troost 

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11. “One of the very first serious books I read, when I was growing up, was Atlas Shrugged.” Mike Pompeo

12. “There are two novels that can transform a bookish 14-year-old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.” Raj Patel 

13. “What wouldn’t I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.” David Mitchell

14. “The atlas is a manifold. This is a typical mathematician’s use of the word “is”, and should not be confused with the normal use.” Timothy Gowers

15. “Atlas, we read in an ancient song, Was so exceeding tall and strong, He bore the skies upon his back, Just as the pedler does his pack.” Jonathan Swift

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16. “Blest leisure is our curse; like that of Cain, it makes us wander, wander earth around, To fly that tyrant Thought. As Atlas groan’d The world beneath, we groan beneath an hour.” Edward Young 

17. “Sometimes it seems to me that things hold together only thanks to the borders, that the true identity of these lands and peoples is the shape of their territories in an atlas. It’s a stupid thought, but I can’t shake it.” Andrzej Stasiuk

18. “What swells inside me is love so boundless, I am the sunrise and sunset. I am Liberty Bell in the Cascades. I am Beihai Lake. I am very beautiful, truly beautiful, thing I’ve ever seen, captured in my personal Geographia, the atlas of myself.” Justina Chen

19. “I loved Morocco. It’s very exotic and different from anywhere I’ve ever been. I had an amazing day there in the high Atlas Mountains near Mount Tamadot when I rode by donkey into a Berber village and drank some mint tea with a Berber family. It was exceptional.” Isla Fisher

20. “I suspect losing paper maps but gaining GPS and online maps is a similar step function: maps still exist, but they’re vastly more useful, not to say permanently up to date, in their new form. Again, I won’t be shedding any tears, but I’ll keep a paper road atlas in the back of my car for another few years, I think, Just In Case.” Charles Stross

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21. “It’s one thing to buy a copy of ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ You actually have to read it to get anything out of it.” Henry Rollins

22. “I always like to have an atlas just so that I can find things out. It’s always good to have an almanac; those sorts of things.” Dave Matthews

23. “The fact is that most ‘Irish-Americans’, in spite of dropping the word ‘Irish’ into half of all sentences, couldn’t find Europe on an atlas, let alone Ireland.” Ian Watson

24. “When you stir your rice pudding, Septimus, the spoonful of jam spreads itself round making red trails like the picture of a meteor in my astronomical atlas.” Tom Stoppard 

25. “They [granddaughters] went to Disneyland and Alice proudly told Snow White: ‘My grandmother is a famous atlas!’ So that’s nice – they’re happy that I’m an atlas!” Joanna Lumley

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26. “My sister and I had a tough childhood, but my mom always said that traveling is the most beautiful thing you can do in your life. She always showed us the globe and gifted me an atlas.” Nargis Fakhri 

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27. “The Atlas belongs to the Lenbachhaus in Munich – it’s long since ceased to belong to me. Occasionally I run across it somewhere, and I think it’s interesting because it looks different each time.” Gerhard Richter

28. “You lapse into bad taste, thinking of yourself as Heine’s Atlas, whose shoulders support all the world’s puzzles and agonies, as if thousands, lost in the same maze, did not endure the same agonies.” Hermann Hesse 

29. “For you who came so far; for you who held out, wearing a black scarf to signify grief; for you who believe true love can find you amidst this atlas of tears linking one town to its own memory of mortar.” Naomi Shihab Nye

30. “The weight of the sky dropped onto Atlas’s back, almost smashing him flat until he managed to get to his knees, struggling to get out from under the crushing weight of the sky. But it was too late. “Noooooo!” He bellowed so hard it shook the mountain. “Not again!” Atlas was trapped under his old burden.” Rick Riordan

Funny atlas quotes

These atlas quotes are so funny that you can’t help laughing.  

31. “As for me, I did the stupidest thing in my life, which is saying a lot. I attacked the Titan Lord Atlas.” Rick Riordan

32. “I’ve loved you since the day I stole the atlas for you,” Gabriel says because he thinks I’m asleep.” Lauren DeStefano

33. “Can someone explain the vitriol whenever Ayn Rand comes up? ‘Atlas’ is the greatest motivator for the individual that I can imagine.” Rob Lowe

34. “In the morning, we carry the world like Atlas; at noon, we stoop and bend beneath it; and at night, it crushes us flat to the ground.” Henry Ward Beecher

35. “Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.” Franz Kafka

Atlas quotes to make you laugh

36. “See me looking like Atlas, when he handles the globe. I see you looking like Alice, Wonderland is your home. It makes me wonder if you practice your flow.” One Be Lo 

37. “For my birthday that year Anne gave me an inflatable atlas globe, along with a birthday card in which she wrote: I give you the world. Have fun blowing it up.” Craig Ferguson

38. “I can only drive slowly.” “That’s all right.” “And I can only do left turns.” Rose ran downstairs, grabbed a road atlas, and ran triumphantly back up again. “Wales is left! Look! It’s left all the way!” Hilary McKay 

39. “On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India…However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders.” Dervla Murphy

40. “As I searched the atlas for somewhere to run to, Hugh made a case for his old stomping grounds. His first suggestion was Beirut, where he went to nursery school. His family left there in the mid-sixties and moved to the Congo. After that, it was Ethiopia, and then Somalia, all fine places in his opinion.” David Sedaris

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A few other amazing atlas quotes 

Here are some other atlas quotes to draw your attention. 

41. “Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, doubtless two of the most exquisitely adolescent of fictions.” Nancy Mairs 

42. “It is not Atlas who carries the world on his shoulders, but a woman; and sometimes she plays with it as with a ball.” ― Henryk Sienkjewicz

43. “What is Atlas Obscura? So, it was a small digital media company. It’s an atlas, it’s literally like, an atlas of places, wonderful, unusual places.” David Plotz

44. “Later that night, I held an atlas on my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world, and whispered, ‘where does it hurt?’ It answered, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.” Warsan Shire

45. “After a while, some sheets in the Atlas acquired another value, after all – that is, it seemed to me that they could stand on their own terms, not only under the protection of the Atlas.” Gerhard Richter 

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46. “Atlas isn’t carrying the world on his shoulders, no giant muscular hulk with a sense of responsibility; the world is balanced on a pyramid of clowns, and they are always tooting horns and wobbling and goosing each other.” Dean Koontz

47. “I guess when you take a look at the book ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ I think most people always like to identify with the main character – that would be John Galt. I guess I identify with Hank Rearden, the fella that just refused until the very end to give up.” Ron Johnson

48. “An Atlas, whose back is bowed and whose hands are busy holding up the world, has no arms to lift to deal with his own defense. Increase his burdens and you will crush him…This is our present posture…This suggestions I make…would…conserve American lives for American ends.” Murray Rothbard 

49. “Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand – and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs – the woman can tell a story. I mean, the novel as an art form is just in full florid bloom in ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ It’s an unbelievable story. The characters are so compelling, and what she’s saying is mind-expanding.” Anne Hathaway

50. “Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, plato in the peonies, Socrates force-growing his own hemlock. A man toting a sack of blood manure across his lawn is kin to Atlas letting the world spin easy on his shoulder.” Ray Bradbury

Which one of these atlas quotes is your favorite? 

If you have found your favorite choice among our extensive atlas quotes, you can share it with us. 

These quotes are relevant and give you an idea of what the atlas is all about. 

In fact, you can come across an array of aspects associated with the atlas.

We have tried to include those atlas quotes that are simple yet impressive. 

Hence, you would love to share these quotes with your friends and family.

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