Quotes / Here There Be Dragons

"For Magrat, stepping into a man's bedroom was like an explorer stepping on to that part of the map marked Here Be Dragons."

We passed through several Naga villages, and learned from them that we were not, as we had idly hoped, the first Europeans to come there; a party of five had visited them seven years before. That would be in 1937, we reflected; what eccentrics had they been? Surveyors, prospectors, forestry people, police? I still do not know; but if they were surveyors, I would dearly like to meet them, to tell them what I think of their surveying.
We were now on the fringe of white spaces on the map boldly marked "Unsurveyed" and surrounded with question-marks. It was of this period that we were afterwards alleged to have sent our evening location over the wireless as "Estimated position two miles south of the 'Y' in 'Unsurveyed.'" If we did so, and I have no clear recollection of doing it, we were either: —
a. a different number of miles in a different direction; or
b. lying.
— Brigadier Bernard Fergusson, The Wild Green Earth

In the old days, they didn't know very much about the world. But they made maps anyway. If they had to map something they couldn't, they just drew whatever they felt like and wrote, "Here there be dragons."...
We still don't know very much about the world; and there are things to map of it besides its surface.
Can broken things be remade?
Can destinies change?
Is it worth the risk of hope?
Important questions, but one can only shrug, you see:
Here, there be dragons.

Because some roads you shouldn't go down. Because maps used to say, "There be dragons here." And now they don't. But that don't mean the dragons aren't there.
Lorne Malvo, "The Crocodile's Dilemma", Fargo

Jorge of Burgos: "You say I am the Devil, but it is not true: I have been the hand of God."
William of Baskerville: "The hand of God creates; it does not conceal."
Jorge of Burgos: "There are boundaries beyond which it is not permitted to go. God decreed that certain papers should bear the words 'hic sunt leones'."
William of Baskerville: "God created the monsters, too. And you. And He wants everything to be spoken of."

Centuries ago, ancient maps bore a simple legend: Here There Be Monsters. Now we have driven those monsters from the world.
Mage: The Ascension - Guide To The Technocracy

At the edge of the map, explorers would place a legend: Here There Be Monsters. And sure enough, when transplanted neonates began to feed on the mortal settlers, there were Nosferatu already there, hiding and waiting.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Nosferatu (Revised)

Here be dragons. The inscription inevitably marks the farthest, most inaccessible, least hospitable corner of the map. The wise navigator never reads the phrase aloud, although he might tap ominously at it with the tip of his spyglass. A certain power clings to the very syllables - not only fuel for mutiny, but something more grand - words to conjure with. Their very whispering evokes nightmare images of primal fury, avarice, cunning, chaos and destruction.