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Famous quotes by Jules Verne on solitude, endurance, nature, sea and other things.

98 Famous Quotes By Jules Verne, The Author Of Around The World In Eighty Days

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: February 8, 1828

Died On: March 24, 1905

Born In: Nantes

Died At Age: 77

If there has been one man who has turned the world of science fiction in literature, it sure has to be Jules Verve. Popularly known as the Father of Science Fiction, Jules Verve was a legendary French novelist, poet and playwright who gave the world some of the most notable books in the literary genre of science fiction. And his books swear by what we claim – ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ and ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. His Voyages Extraordinaires brought to light a variety of innovations and technological advancements years before they were practical realities, be it submarines, space travel, terrestrial flight or deep-sea exploration.  Then thought of as unthinkable and apparently impossible, Verve’s vivid imagination and creative tales are today every bit real and possible. His profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction can be proven from the fact that he till date is the second most translated author in the world and is considered the greatest literary author in France and most of Europe. His works are classic literature tales that have laid the foundation of modern-day science fiction and have sparked the imagination of writers, scientists and inventors alike. Much like his works, Verve’s quotes are also extremely imaginative, inspiring and motivational. Get a handful of them on your bucket-list with this section.  

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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.

Jules Verne

Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

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

Jules Verne

I say, you do have a heart!" "Sometimes," he replied, "when I have the time.

Jules Verne

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.

Jules Verne

Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.

Jules Verne

If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning.

Jules Verne

The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.

Jules Verne

The earth does not need new continents, but new men.

Jules Verne

The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the ‘Living Infinite...

Jules Verne

On the surface of the ocean, men wage war and destroy each other; but down here, just a few feet beneath the surface, there is a calm and peace, unmolested by man

Jules Verne

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

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new

Jules Verne

Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best.

Jules Verne

It seems wisest to assume the worst from the beginning...and let anything better come as a surprise.

Jules Verne

Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

Jules Verne

A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.

Jules Verne

The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings.

Jules Verne

Aures habent et non audient` - `They have ears but hear not

Jules Verne

I looked on, I thought, I reflected, I admired, in a state of stupefaction not altogether unmingled with fear!

Jules Verne

[we see that] science is eminently perfectible, and that each theory has constantly to give way to a fresh one.

Jules Verne

Why, you are a man of heart!" "Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg, quietly. "When I have the time.

Jules Verne

How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next!

Jules Verne

What pen can describe this scene of marvellous horror; what pencil can portray it?

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

And whichsoever way thou goest, may fortune follow.

Jules Verne

As for difficulties," replied Ferguson, in a serious tone, "they were made to be overcome.

Jules Verne

Wherever he saw a hole he always wanted to know the depth of it. To him this was important.

Jules Verne

I have been, am, in his service; I have seen his generosity and goodness; and I will never betray him-not for all the gold in the world. I have come from a village where they don't eat that kind of bread.

Jules Verne

It may be taken for granted that, rash as the Americans are, when they are prudent there is good reason for it.

Jules Verne

Well, I feel that we should always put a little art into what we do. It's better that way.

Jules Verne

Look with all your eyes, look.

Jules Verne

There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker wills, that’s all!

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

On the earth, even in the darkest night, the light never wholly abandons his rule. It is diffused and subtle, but little as may remain, the retina of the eye is sensible of it.

Jules Verne

What one man can think, another man can do.

Jules Verne

Your dead sleep quietly, at least, Captain, out of reach of sharks" "Yes, sir, of sharks and men.

Jules Verne

With time and thought, one can do a good job.

Jules Verne

Steam seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.

Jules Verne

The earth does not want new continents, but new men.

Jules Verne

All great actions return to God, from whom they are derived.

Jules Verne

But Phileas Fogg, who was not traveling, but only describing a circumfrence,...

Jules Verne

What a big book, captain, might be made with all that is known!" "And what a much bigger book still with all that is not known!

Jules Verne

In presence of Nature's grand convulsions man is powerless.

Jules Verne

No sir, it is evidently a gigantic narwhal

Jules Verne

Nature's creative power is far beyond man's instinct of destruction.

Jules Verne

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

Jules Verne

Solitude, isolation, are painful things, and beyond human endurance.

Jules Verne

Until I dicover the meaning of this sentence, I will neither eat nor sleep. "My dear uncle-" I began. "Nor you either," he added.

Jules Verne

Perfume is the soul of the flower, and sea-flowers have no soul.

Jules Verne

A scholar has to know a little of everything.

Jules Verne

What you do for money you do badly.

Jules Verne

Dinner was ready. Professor Lidenbrock did full justice to it, for his compulsory fast on board had turned his stomach into an unfathomable gulf.

Jules Verne

At Kiel, as elsewhere, a day goes by somehow or other.

Jules Verne

However, everything has an end, everything passes away, even the hunger of people who have not eaten

Jules Verne

It was obvious that the matter had to be settled, and evasions were distasteful to me.

Jules Verne

Ah, monsieur, to live in the bosom of the sea! Only there can independence be found! There I recognize no master! There I am free!

Jules Verne

Oh, figures!' answered Ned. 'You can make figures do whatever you want.

Jules Verne

A well-used minimum suffices for everything.

Jules Verne

Man is never perfect, nor contended.

Jules Verne

It's really useful to travel, if you want to see new things.

Jules Verne

Whereas, once under way, you can get so far that going forwards is the only choice.

Jules Verne

One friend is always sacrificed to the other in friendship.

Jules Verne

As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme

Jules Verne

In lighthearted countries, people joked about this phenomenon, but such serious, practical countries as England, America, and Germany were deeply concerned.

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

Why lower oneself to taking pride from being American or British, when you can boast of being man!

Jules Verne

If his destiny be strange, it is also sublime.

Jules Verne

Captain Nemo pointed to this prodigious heap of shellfish, and I saw that these mines were genuinely inexhaustible, since nature's creative powers are greater than man's destructive instincts.

Jules Verne

What use are the best of arguments when they can be destroyed by force?

Jules Verne

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.

Jules Verne

If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity.

Jules Verne

What!You know German?

Jules Verne

Music is no longer tasted it is swallowed.

Jules Verne

One's native land!―there should one live! there die!

Jules Verne

We now know most things that can be measured in this world, except the bounds of human ambition!

Jules Verne

My house is small, but may heaven grant that it is never full of friends.

Jules Verne

IN WHICH PASSEPARTOUT RECEIVES A NEW PROOF THAT FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE

Jules Verne

I ask no more than to live a hundred years longer, that I may have more time to dwell the longer on your memory.

Jules Verne

Was he being devoured by one of those secret rages, all the more terrible because contained, and which only burst forth, with irresistible force, at the last moment?

Jules Verne

I dream with my eyes open.

Jules Verne

If at every instant we may perish, so at every instant we may be saved.

Jules Verne

Sir," replied the commander, "I am nothing to you but Captain Nemo; and you and your companions are nothing to me but the passengers of the Nautilus.

Jules Verne

In the course of time, Michael Strogoff reached a high station in the Empire. But it is not the history of his success, but the history of his trials, which deserves to be related.

Jules Verne

Are we rising again?" "No. On the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! we are falling!

Jules Verne

The cold, increased by the tremendous speed, deprived them of the power of speech.

Jules Verne

What darkness to you is light to me

Jules Verne

Mr. Fogg played, not to win, but for the sake of playing.

Jules Verne

There is the disadvantage of not knowing all languages," said Conseil, "or the disadvantage of not having one universal language.

Jules Verne

Death, the beginning of eternal things, is only the end of earthly cares. -Priest

Jules Verne

Ah! Women and young girls, how incomprehensible are your feminine hearts! When you are not the timidest, you are the bravest of creatures

Jules Verne

It is better for us to see the destination we wish to reach, than the point of departure

Jules Verne