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.
All that is impossible remains to be accomplished.
Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next!
There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker wills, that’s all!
What darkness to you is light to me
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.
Anything a man can imagine, another can create
Poets are like proverbs: you can always find one to contradict another.
Why lower oneself to taking pride from being American or British, when you can boast of being man!
You will travel in a Land of Marvels
An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish.
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.
A scholar has to know a little of everything.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
Well, I feel that we should always put a little art into what we do. It's better that way.
Steam seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.
Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.
The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.
While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert...that 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 despair.
The Nautilus was piercing the water with its sharp spur, after having accomplished nearly ten thousand leagues in three months and a half, a distance greater than the great circle of the earth. Where were we going now, and what was reserved for the future?
Look with all your eyes, look.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
What I'd like to be above all is a writer...
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.
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