Jules Gabriel Verne (born 8 February 1828, Nantes, France – died 24 March 1905, Amiens, France) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. He is widely regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction. Jules Verne's major work is the "Extraordinary Journeys", a series of more than sixty adventure novels including "Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)", "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)", "Around the World in Eighty Days (1872)" and "The Mysterious Island (1874)" which had multiple cinematographic adaptations.
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. 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. There are no impossible obstacles; there are just stronger and weaker wills, that’s all! How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next! 'Movement is life;' and it is well to be able to forget the past, and kill the present by continual change. Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting! 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.
Put two ships in the open sea, without wind or tide, and, at last, they will come together. Throw two planets into space, and they will fall one on the other. Place two enemies in the midst of a crowd, and they will inevitably meet; it is a fatality, a question of time; that is all.
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.
Jules Verne We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. Man is never perfect, nor contented. I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them. Anything capable of being imagined will one day be made reality. Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance. In presence of Nature’s grand convulsions, man is powerless. I say, you do have a heart!" "Sometimes," he replied, "when I have the time. If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning. 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. Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot - travel all the same! The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment. Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the 'Living Infinite. It is said that the night brings counsel, but it is not said that the counsel is necessarily good. It seems wisest to assume the worst from the beginning...and let anything better come as a surprise. With time and thought, one can do a good job. Look with all your eyes, look. What darkness to you is light to me. I can undertake and persevere even without hope of success. The earth does not need new continents, but new men. All that is impossible remains to be accomplished. Nature's creative power is far beyond man's instinct of destruction. I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable. Well, I feel that we should always put a little art into what we do. It’s better that way. Whatever one man is capable of imagining, other men will prove themselves capable of realizing. 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. What you do for money you do badly. The sole precoccupation of this learned society was the destruction of humanity for philanthropic reasons and the perfection of weapons as instruments of civilization.
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.
Jules Verne It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason. But to find, all at once, right before your eyes, that the impossible had been mysteriously achieved by man himself: this staggers the mind! Fellows who have rascally faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest; otherwise, they would be arrested off-hand. 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! Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best. An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish. Poets are like proverbs: you can always find one to contradict another.