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.
Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
What I'd like to be above all is a writer...
How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next!
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.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
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.
There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker wills, that’s all!
An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish.
Why lower oneself to taking pride from being American or British, when you can boast of being man!
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?
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.
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.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
The Great Architect of the universe built it of good firm stuff.
As long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.
Look with all your eyes, look.
Travel enables us to enrich our lives with new experiences, to enjoy and to be educated, to learn respect for foreign cultures, to establish friendships, and above all to contribute to international cooperation and peace throughout the world.
Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!
We now know most things that can be measured in this world, except the bounds of human ambition!
So is man's heart. The desire to perform a work which will endure, which will survive him, is the origin of his superiority over all other living creatures here below. It is this which has established his dominion, and this it is which justifies it, over all the world.
It seems wisest to assume the worst from the beginning...and let anything better come as a surprise.
In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people who would shut up the human race upon this globe, 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 ocean voyage from Liverpool to New York.
It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.
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