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.
All great actions return to God, from whom they are derived.
How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next!
Anything capable of being imagined will one day be made reality.
There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker wills, that’s all!
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.
All that is impossible remains to be accomplished.
The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
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!
Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings.
The sole precoccupation of this learned society was the destruction of humanity for philanthropic reasons and the perfection of weapons as instruments of civilization.
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.
Nature's creative power is far beyond man's instinct of destruction.
Look with all your eyes, look.
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?
But to find, all at once, right before your eyes, that the impossible had been mysteriously achieved by man himself: this staggers the mind!
It must be, for there is a logic to everything on this earth and nothing is done without a reason, that God sometimes lets scientists discover.
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 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?
Well, I feel that we should always put a little art into what we do. It's better that way.
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