Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 - March 24, 1905) was a French
novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and
his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. (Click
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A man of merit owes himself to the homage of the rest of mankind who
recognize his worth.
An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and
Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
As long as a man's heart beats, as long as a man's flesh quivers, I do
not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to
Be it understood you are never rich when you get no advantage from it.
Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who
teaches the best.
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.
Everything is possible for an eccentric, especially when he is English.
Great robbers always resemble honest folk. Fellows who have rascally
faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest;
otherwise, they would be arrested off-hand.
He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right
may be an enemy, but retains our esteem.
How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the
next! Well, I feel that we should always put a little art into what we
do. It's better that way.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk
on a cloud without coming through.
I have noticed that many who do not believe in God believe in everything
else, even in the evil eye.
I seriously believed that my last hour was approaching, and yet, so
strange is imagination, all I thought of was some childish hypothesis or
other. In such circumstances, you do not choose your own thoughts. They
If Providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the
cannonball into existence.
If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning.
In presence of Nature's grand convulsions, man is powerless.
In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut
up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle it must
never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the
stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make
the voyage from Liverpool to New York!
It is certain that the inanimate objects by which you are surrounded
have a direct action on the brain.
It is said that the night brings counsel, but it is not said that the
counsel is necessarily good.
It may be taken for granted that, rash as Americans usually are, when
they are prudent, there is good reason for it.
It seems wisest to assume the worst from the beginning... and let
anything better come as a surprise.
Liberty is worth paying for.
Man is never perfect nor contented.
Man's constitution is so peculiar that his health is purely a negative
matter. No sooner is the rage of hunger appeased than it becomes
difficult to comprehend the meaning of starvation. It is only when you
suffer that you really understand.
Man, a mere inhabitant of the earth, cannot overstep its boundaries! But
though he is confined to its crust, he may penetrate into all its
Movement is life; and it is well to be able to forget the past, and kill
the present by continual change.
Nothing can astound an American. It has often been asserted that the
word 'impossible' is not a French one. People have evidently been
deceived by the dictionary. In America, all is easy, all is simple; and
as for mechanical difficulties, they are overcome before they arise.
Now, when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American
to share it. If there be three, they elect a president and two
secretaries. Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office
is ready for work; five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is
Put two ships in the open sea, without wind or tide, and, at last, they
will come together. Throw two planets into space, and they will fall one
on the other. Place two enemies in the midst of a crowd, and they will
inevitably meet; it is a fatality, a question of time; that is all.
Put two Yankees in a room together, and in an hour they will each have
gained ten dollars from the other.
Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could
add nothing to them.
Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it
is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.
The body regulates the soul, and, like the balance-wheel, it is
submitted to regular oscillations.
The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.
The earth does not need new continents, but new men.
The possession of wealth leads almost inevitably to its abuse. It is the
chief, if not the only, cause of evils which desolate this world below.
The thirst for gold is responsible for the most regrettable lapses into
The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still
exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried
away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their
reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears.
The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe.
Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is
never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to
speak; and who knows if it will not end with it?
The wisest man may be a blind father.
The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers- just as
the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians- by right of
birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them
applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery.
There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker
wills, that’s all!
Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps
Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one.
We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an
iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear
out by being read.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
When the mind once allows a doubt to gain entrance, the value of deeds
performed grow less, their character changes, we forget the past and
dread the future.
While there is life, there is hope.
You cannot oppose reasoning to pride, the principal of all the vices,
since, by its very nature, the proud man refuses to listen to it.
(February 8 is also the birthday of John
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