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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.
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.
Movement is life;’ and it is well to be able to forget the past, and kill the present by continual change.
Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
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.
Nothing can astound an American. It has often been asserted that the word ‘impossible’ is not a French one. People have evidently been deceived by the dictionary. In America, all is easy, all is simple; and as for mechanical difficulties, they are overcome before they arise.
Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one.
Fellows who have rascally faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest; otherwise, they would be arrested off-hand.
It is said that the night brings counsel, but it is not said that the counsel is necessarily good.
It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.
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.
Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same!
Liberty is worth paying for.
In presence of Nature’s grand convulsions, man is powerless. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.
With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally.
In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York!
Man is never perfect nor contented.
One has only to follow events, and you will be all right. The surest way is to take whatever comes as it comes.
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?
Imagine a society in which there were neither rich nor poor. What evils, afflictions, sorrows, disorders, catastrophes, disasters, tribulations, misfortunes, agonies, calamities, despair, desolation and ruin would be unknown to man!
The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears.
Be it understood you are never rich when you get no advantage from it.
How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad – simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant!
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