Encyclopedia Westarctica:Featured Quotes

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This page serves as a curated list of quotes that have been featured as Encyclopedia Westarctica's Featured Quote, formerly known as the Quote of the Week section on the main page.


  • Sep 9: “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry

  • Sep 16: “I truly feel Westarctica can be a positive life changing experience for others.” ~ Duke of Moulton-Berlin

  • Sep 23: "Although one of the harshest environments on the planet, Westarctica is also one of the most vulnerable. We must feel committed to protect for our next generation of Westarcticans." ~ Baron of Andrus

  • Sep 30: "Today, we reassure the Grand Duke, the government, and the people of Westarctica of our deepest respect and admiration." ~ James, King of the Sconnish

  • Oct 6: "It has been my rule on Arctic expeditions to request the personnel to drink no intoxicating liquors after the expedition starts, as it is my opinion that it decreases the efficiency in a cold climate by giving a false sense of warmth." ~ Richard E. Byrd

  • Oct 28: "I realized with a start that my loyalty had to be to the country, the idea; not the man." ~ Duke of Waesche

  • Nov 7: "It is desirable that the whole of the Antarctic should ultimately be included in the British Empire." ~ Leopold Amery

  • Nov 11: "Our cause is just and our goals are worthy. We will triumph, and we will bring peace to this region again." ~ President Kevin Baugh

  • Nov 18: "We must draw a line and preserve our beautiful continent from becoming commodified!" ~ John Gould (citizen of Westarctica)

  • Nov 28: "Westarctica has many things going for it: land of pristine beauty, charismatic leadership and goals more noble than many of the peacock nations in the Micronational community." ~ Duke of the Bear Peninsula

  • Dec 4: "It is our pledge to you, the Citizens and Nobility of Westarctica, that we will direct the operations of the Government in a timely and effcient manner, and continue to push toward our goals." ~ Grand Duke Philip

  • Dec 10: "The world is not ready for free form governments, multinational corporations are the closest we get." ~ Count of Mintz

  • Dec 17: "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Dec 31: "Antarctica is a very alien environment, and you can't survive here more than minutes if you're not equipped properly and doing the right thing all the time." ~ Jon Krakauer


  • Jan 6: "If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard." ~ Ernest Shackleton

  • Jan 13: "Travis, I do not mind your group visiting the Russian Russkaya Station, located in the Pacific sector of the Antarctic." ~ Valery Lukin (Head of the Russian Antarctic Program)

  • Jan 20: "I had always had a big hunger to learn and a curiosity for new things ... it was just a good opportunity and I was in the right place at the right time." ~ Duke of Sherman

  • Feb 11: "Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it.” ~ Roald Amundsen

  • Feb 17: "Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used." ~ Admiral Richard Byrd

  • Feb 25: "First you fall in love with Antarctica, then it breaks your heart." ~ Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Mar 9: "This is a world that offers no welcome. There are places on this frozen continent where your footprints will outlive you. Man is only a visitor here." ~ In Search of the South Pole

  • Mar 16: "The reason most people fail instead of succeed, is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Mar 23: “The United States might well launch a claim later on, if it came to that.” ~ George R. Toney

  • Apr 8: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  • Apr 21: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  • Apr 28: “It is time to return to our roots as a Constitutional Monarchy and let the flag of royalty fly once again.” ~ Grand Duke Travis

  • May 13: “If digital currencies are to be widely adopted and accepted by society to meet their desired goals there needs to be greater transparency, trust and confidence amongst the digital currency community and traders.” ~ Brian Erdelyi

  • May 19: “If I want a crown, I must go hunt it for myself.” ~ The Man Who Would Be King

  • June 3: “We have chosen to craft a new country in the most inhospitable place on earth, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” ~ Grand Duke Travis

  • June 10: “It is not easy to describe the joy and light heartedness we all felt as we ... embarked on the enterprise we had all so long desired to commence.” ~ James Clark Ross

  • June 24: “It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple.” ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

  • July 1: “I've always been attracted to the idea of statehood, and this is an opportunity to question a lot of things people accept as normal about national identity.” ~Grand Marshal Carolyn Yagjian

  • July 9: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Qunicy Adams

  • July 26: “Few things in this life are safe from the ravages of time. The Hereditary Noble Title system allows an opportunity for the Grand Duchy of Westarctica to honor an individual for generations after they leave this life.” ~ Duke of Moulton-Berlin

  • August 3: “We had escaped an awful death, and were again tempest-tossed.” ~ Charles Wilkes

  • August 12: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • August 19: “I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability.” ~ Charles, Prince of Wales

  • August 26: “If you're going through hell, keep going.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

  • September 2: “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~ Rosalynn Carter

  • September 9: “Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

  • September 16: “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” ~ Admiral Richard Byrd

  • September 23: “We can never forget our simple beginnings, and struggles that we have overcome.” ~ President Kevin Baugh

  • October 2: “As the original claim was yours, you should pick up the reins!” ~ Duke of Waesche

  • October 7: “If we can work together in our efforts, what remains to be discovered lies within our grasp.” ~ Baron of Havola

  • October 14: “If an untrained person were to dive into freezing water, death would come quickly.” ~ Lewis Pugh, Antarctic Endurance Swimmer

  • October 21: “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • October 28: “The United States bases territorial claims extensively on symbolic actions: planting of flags, declarations, and so on." ~ S.B. Slevich

  • November 4: "I am just happy to be a citizen of Westarctica." ~ Tony Freed

  • November 18: "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

  • November 25: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." ~ Amelia Earhart

  • December 1: "The melting of Westarctica's ice is an ongoing concern for our government and for the future of our nation." ~ Grand Duke Travis

  • December 8: "I have a passion for exploration, I have a passion for understanding, and I have a passion to create things for others to explore." ~ Richard Garriott

  • December 16: "The hope is that they will grow with the mindfulness and passion inherent to the nation." ~ Duke of Fox Grove


  • January 13: "Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers

  • February 3: "When ordinary people decide to step out and be part of something big, that’s when they become extraordinary." ~ Brett Harris

  • February 18: "In Antarctica you get to know people so well that in comparison you do not seem to know the people in civilization at all." ~ Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  • February 28: "I wish to continue all of the work that our founding father has started, and continue to strive for recognition of Westarctica." ~ Grand Duke Philip

  • March 9: "Do one thing every day that scares you." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  • March 21: "Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • April 2: "I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams." ~ Dr. Jonas Salk

  • May 12: - "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." ~ Steve Jobs

  • May 23: - "Go West, young man." ~ Horace Greeley

  • June 25: - "The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

  • July 23: - "It would be at best uncomfortable to live there, and it is frustrating not to be able to visit." ~ Duke of Waesche

  • August 23: - "If you state your sovereignty, that is good enough for our government, as is should be for all." ~ President Baugh of Molossia

  • October 10: - "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • December 8: - "He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch." ~ Jean-Luc Godard