Jules Verne Quotes

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.

The Great Architect of the universe built it of good firm stuff.

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

The industrial stomach cannot live without coal; industry is a carbonivorous animal and must have its proper food.

Anything a man can imagine another can create

What one man can think another man can do.

God if he believed in Him and his conscience if he had one were the only judges to whom he was answerable.

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

In the United States there is no project so audacious for which people cannot be found to guarantee the cost and find the working expenses.

All that is impossible remains to be accomplished.

To put up with what you cannot avoid is a philosophical principle that may not perhaps lead you to the accomplishment of great deeds but is assuredly eminently practical.

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

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

Dost thou know what life is my child? Hast thou comprehended the action of those springs which produce existence? Hast thou examined thyself?

Anything one man can imagine other men can make real.

What is there unreasonable in admitting the intervention of a supernatural power in the most ordinary circumstances of life?

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

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

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

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

One of my objectives is learning more than is absolutely necessary.

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

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!

Ah! Young people travel if you can and if you cannot - travel all the same!

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

What I'd like to be above all is a writer...

The body regulates the soul and like the balance-wheel it is submitted to regular oscillations.

Dost thou not understand that there are two distinct forces in us that of the soul and that of the body that is a movement and a regulator?

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

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

What you do for money you do badly.

Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men who are of a higher class than mere gamblers: to bet is in the English temperament.

An Englishman does not joke about such an important matter as a bet.

An English criminal you know is always better concealed in London than anywhere else.

Though sleep is called our best friend it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!

Better to put things at the worst at first and reserve the best for a surprise.

Solitude isolation are painful things and beyond human endurance.

It was all very well for an Englishman like Mr. Fogg to make the tour of the world with a carpet-bag; a lady could not be expected to travel comfortably under such conditions.

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!

A cow peacefully grazing fifty yards away received one of the bullets in her back. She had nothing to do with the quarrel all the same.

How tranquil is a coral tomb and may the heavens grant that my companions and I be buried in no other!

Man a mere inhabitant of the earth cannot overstep its boundaries! But though he is confined to its crust he may penetrate into all its secrets.

During the War of the Rebellion a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland

You seize sentiment better when you get clear of nature. You breathe it in every sense!

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.

Oh how hard it is to understand the hearts of girls and women. When they are not the most timid of creatures they are the bravest. Reason has no part in their lives.

Man is never perfect nor contented.

Anything you can imagine you can make real.

Therever fortune clears a way thither our ready footsteps stray.

The wisest man may be a blind father.

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

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

I am very bad at expressing tender sentiments. The very word 'love' frightens me.

The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings.

Anything capable of being imagined will one day be made reality.

I have noticed that many who do not believe in God believe in everything else even in the evil eye.

He believed in it as certain good women believe in the leviathan-by faith not by reason.

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.

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.

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

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.

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

Far better to be the simplest pedestrian with knapsack on back stick in hand and gun on shoulder than an Indian prince travelling with all the ceremonial which his rank requires.

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

Movement is life;' and it is well to be able to forget the past and kill the present by continual change.

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

When the mind once allows a doubt to gain entrance the value of deeds performed grow less their character changes we forget the past and dread the future.

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

With time and thought one can do a good job.

Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.

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

Science my boy is composed of errors but errors that it is right to make for they lead step by step to the truth.

No sooner is the rage of hunger appeased than it becomes difficult to comprehend the meaning of starvation. It is only when you suffer that you really understand.

If Providence has created the stars and the planets man has called the cannonball into existence.

How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad - simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant!

In consequence of inventing machines men will be devoured by them.

Whatever one man is capable of imagining other men will prove themselves capable of realizing.

The earth does not need new continents but new men.

It is not new continents the earth needs but new men.

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

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

I am nothing to you but Captain Nemo; and you and your companions are nothing to me but the passengers of the Nautilus.

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.

Well my friend this earth will one day be that cold corpse; it will become uninhabitable and uninhabited like the moon which has long since lost all its vital heat.

On the morrow the horizon was covered with clouds- a thick and impenetrable curtain between earth and sky which unhappily extended as far as the Rocky Mountains. It was a fatality!

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.

What darkness to you is light to me

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

....oysters are the only food that never causes indigestion. Indeed a man would have to eat sixteen dozen of these acephalous molluscs in order to gain the 315 grammes of nitrogen he requires daily.

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

With happiness as with health: to enjoy it one should be deprived of it occasionally.

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

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

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

We were alone. Where I could not say hardly imagine. All was black and such a dense black that after some minutes my eyes had not been able to discern even the faintest glimmer.

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

Well I thought I was so tranquil! I need to give up that illusion! There is decidedly no rest to be had in this world.

It is certain that the inanimate objects by which you are surrounded have a direct action on the brain.

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

I would have bartered a diamond mine for a glass of pure spring water!

He must have travelled everywhere at least in the spirit.

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

Look with all your eyes look.

Everything is possible for an eccentric especially when he is English.

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

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

The regions of the North Pole situated within the eighty-fourth degree of north latitude have not yet been utilized for the very good reason that they have not yet been discovered.

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

The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.

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.

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

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

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

Friend " replied Michael Strogoff "Heaven reward thee for all thou hast done for me!""Only fools expect reward on earth " replied the mujik.

And whichsoever way thou goest may fortune follow.

Scent is the soul of flowers and sea flowers as splendid as they may be have no soul!

The sole precoccupation of this learned society was the destruction of humanity for philanthropic reasons and the perfection of weapons as instruments of civilization.

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

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

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

When science has sent forth her fiat - it is only to hear and obey.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

You are going to visit the land of marvels.

While there is life there is hope.

I can undertake and persevere even without hope of success.

Man is so constituted that health is a purely negative state. Hunger once satisfied it is difficult for a man to imagine the horrors of starvation; they cannot be understood without being felt.

A man of merit owes himself to the homage of the rest of mankind who recognize his worth.

It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.

Powder is but a thing of yesterday and war is as old as the human race--unhappily.

Is not a woman's heart unfathomable?

A scholar has to know a little of everything.

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.

Liberty is worth paying for.

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.

You will travel in a Land of Marvels

One's native land! There should one live! There die!

To modify the conditions of the Earth's movement is beyond the powers of man. It is not given to mankind to change the order established by the Creator in the system of the Universe.

Numerous observations made upon fevers somnambulisms and other human maladies seem to prove that the moon does exercise some mysterious influence upon man.

But to find all at once right before your eyes that the impossible had been mysteriously achieved by man himself: this staggers the mind!

You cannot oppose reasoning to pride the principal of all the vices since by its very nature the proud man refuses to listen to it.

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

Trains like time and tide stop for no one.

I wanted to see what no one had yet observed even if I had to pay for this curiosity with my life.

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

It is always a vulgar and often an unhealthy pastime and it is a vice which does not go alone; the man who gambles will find himself capable of any evil.

One has only to follow events and you will be all right. The surest way is to take whatever comes as it comes.

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

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