Jules Verne
Quotations


An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish.

Anything a man can imagine, another can create

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.

External objects produce decided effects upon the brain. A man shut up between four walls soon loses the power to associate words and ideas together. How many prisoners in solitary confinement become idiots, if not mad, for want of exercise for the thinking faculty!

He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right may be an enemy, but retains our esteem.

Hunger, prolonged, is temporary madness! The brain is at work without its required food, and the most fantastic notions fill the mind. Hitherto I had never known what hunger really meant. I was likely to understand it now.

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

In the memory of the dead all chronological differences are effaced.

It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.

Man is never perfect, nor contented.

Poets are like proverbs: you can always find one to contradict another.

Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.

The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings. And the sea is precisely their best vehicle, the only medium through which these giants (against which terrestrial animals, such as elephants or rhinoceroses, are as nothing) can be produced or developed

The moon, by her comparative proximity, and the constantly varying appearances produced by her several phases, has always occupied a considerable share of the attention of the inhabitants of the earth.

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 only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion.

We cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects. We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.



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