Jules Verne Quotes

50 of the best book quotes from Jules Verne
  1. #1
    A true Englishman doesn’t joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.
  2. #2
    Phileas Fogg, having shut the door of his house at half-past eleven, and having put his right foot before his left five hundred and seventy-five times, and his left foot before his right five hundred and seventy-six times, reached the Reform Club.
  3. #3
    I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.
  4. #4
    Nothing, say you? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!
  5. #5
    It may be said here that the wise policy of the British Government severely punishes a disregard of the practices of the native religions.
  6. #6
    “God, if he believed in one—his conscience, if he had one—were the sole judges to whom he was answerable.”
  7. #7
    The earth does not want new continents, but new men.
  8. #8
    [S]team seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.
  9. #9
    [I]t is evidently a gigantic narwhal, and an electric one.
  10. #10
    Why, I’ve just this instant found out that we might have gone around the world in only seventy-eight days.
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  1. #11
    It was marvellous, a feast for the eyes, this complication of coloured tints, a perfect kaleidoscope of green, yellow, orange, violet, indigo, and blue; in one word, the whole palette of an enthusiastic colourist!
  2. #12
    If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity.
  3. #13
    It’s really useful to travel, if you want to see new things.
  4. #14
    An English criminal, you know, is always better concealed in London than anywhere else.
  5. #15
    The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes.
  6. #16
    The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.
  7. #17
    Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
  8. #18
    “His countenance had resumed its habitual imperturbability.”
  9. #19
    “As to classing it in the list of fables, the idea was out of the question.”
  10. #20
    Wait a few minutes, our lantern will be lit, and, if you like light places, you will be satisfied.
  1. #21
    Where others have failed, I will not fail.
  2. #22
    “There remained one resource, to speak English. Perhaps they would know this almost universal language. I knew it—as well as the German language—well enough to read it fluently, but not to speak it correctly. But, anyhow, we must make ourselves understood.”
  3. #23
    “From a caprice of nature, not from the ignorance of man. Not a mistake has been made in the working. But we cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects. We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”
  4. #24
    We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
  5. #25
    If his destiny be strange, it is also sublime.
  6. #26
    Passepartout was astounded, and, though ready to attempt anything to get over Medicine Creek, thought the experiment proposed a little too American.
  7. #27
    “I discovered it, ventured into it, and before long, sir, you too will have passed through my Arabian tunnel!”
  8. #28
    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. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the `Living Infinite,′ as one of your poets has said.
  9. #29
    However, everything has an end, everything passes away, even the hunger of people who have not eaten for fifteen hours. Our appetites satisfied, we felt overcome with sleep.
  10. #30
    “Perfume is the soul of the flower, and sea-flowers have no soul.”
  1. #32
    We are going round the world.
  2. #33
    “There is the disadvantage of not knowing all languages,” said Conseil, “or the disadvantage of not having one universal language.”
  3. #34
    He lived alone, and, so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.
  4. #35
    A well-used minimum suffices for everything.
  5. #36
    It may be taken for granted that, rash as the Americans are, when they are prudent there is good reason for it.
  6. #37
    “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.”
  7. #38
    The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings.
  8. #39
    I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.
  9. #40
    The noble lord, confined to his armchair, would have given his whole fortune to be able to travel around the world, in ten years even; and he bet four thousand pounds on Phileas Fogg.
  1. #41
    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?
  2. #42
    May the judge disappear, and the philosopher continue the peaceful exploration of the sea!
  3. #43
    Nature’s creative power is far beyond man’s instinct of destruction.
  4. #44
    His countenance possessed in the highest degree what physiognomists call “repose in action,” a quality of those who act rather than talk.
  5. #45
    If the thing is feasible, the first to do it ought to be an Englishman.
  6. #46
    “I am not what you call a civilised man! I have done with society entirely, for reasons which I alone have the right of appreciating. I do not, therefore, obey its laws, and I desire you never to allude to them before me again!”
  7. #47
    As for seeing the town, the idea never occurred to him, for he was the sort of Englishman who, on his travels, gets his servant to do his sightseeing for him.
  8. #48
    As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme.
  9. #49
    Solitude is a sad thing, with no heart to which to confide your griefs.
  10. #50
    I thanked Captain Nemo, and went up to the shelves of the library. Works on science, morals, and literature abounded in every language; but I did not see one single work on political economy; that subject appeared to be strictly proscribed. Strange to say, all these books were irregularly arranged, in whatever language they were written; and this medley proved that the Captain of the Nautilus must have read indiscriminately the books which he took up by chance.
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