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Axel Quotes

14 of the best book quotes from Axel
  1. #1
    “This return of trust in God’s providence allayed the turbulence of my fears, and I was enabled to concentrate upon my situation all the force of my intelligence.”
  2. #2
    ″... I can hardly believe my eyes. Who would have ever imagined, under this terrestrial crust, an ocean with ebbing and flowing tides, with winds and storms?”
  3. #3
    “As for me, my thoughts were made up of remembrances, and they carried me up to the surface of the globe which I ought never to have taken leave.”
  4. #4
    ″... since there was no indication whatever to guide our choice, we were obliged to trust to chance.”
  5. #5
    “We were standing at the intersection of two roads, both dark and narrow. Which were we to take? This was a difficulty. Still my uncle refused to admit an appearance of hesitation, either before me or the guide...”
  6. #6
    “But one concern, one might even say a torment, remained in the middle of this glory. One fact remained inexplicable, the one involving the compass; now for a scholar, such an unexplained phenomenon becomes torture for the intelligence.”
  7. #7
    “This is the end of a story that even people who are not usually amazed at anything may refuse to believe. But I am armed in advance against human incredulity.”
  1. #8
    “Then my uncle became a great man, and myself the nephew of a great man, which is at least something.”
  2. #9
    “A sudden light burst in on me; these hints alone gave me the first glimpse of truth; I had discovered the key to the cipher.”
  3. #10
    ″... I no longer had any feeling other than the dark terror of the condemned tied to the mouth of a cannon, at the moment when the shot is fired and scatters their limbs into the air.”
  4. #11
    “Well! Heaven had destined my uncle to become completely happy.”
  5. #12
    “Where did truth stop? Where did error begin? I was all adrift among a thousand contradictory hypotheses, but I could not lay hold of one.”
  6. #13
    “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.”
  7. #14
    “Ah, women and young girls, how incomprehensible are your feminine hearts! When you are not the timidest, you are the bravest of creatures.”

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