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" In presence of Nature's grand convulsions, man is powerless. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers - just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians - by right of birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery. "
" How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad - simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant! "
" 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. "
" When one has taken root, one puts out branches. "
" Liberty is worth paying for. "
" You seize sentiment better when you get clear of nature. You breathe it in every sense! "
" 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. "
" Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one. "
" It must be that a man who shuts himself up between four walls must lose the faculty of associating ideas and words. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I repeat that the distance between the earth and her satellite is a mere trifle, and undeserving of serious consideration. I am convinced that before twenty years are over, one-half of our earth will have paid a visit to the moon. "
" Nothing is more dreadful than private duels in America. The two adversaries attack each other like wild beasts. Then it is that they might well covet those wonderful properties of the Indians of the prairies - their quick intelligence, their ingenious cunning, their scent of the enemy. "
" He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right may be an enemy, but retains our esteem. "
" 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! "
" I seriously believed that my last hour was approaching, and yet, so strange is imagination, all I thought of was some childish hypothesis or other. In such circumstances, you do not choose your own thoughts. They overcome you. "
" 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? "
" I have noticed that many who do not believe in God believe in everything else, even in the evil eye. "
" 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. "
" With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally. "
" Man is never perfect nor contented. "
" However strong, however imposing a ship may appear, it is not 'disgraced' because it flies before the tempest. A commander ought always to remember that a man's life is worth more than the mere satisfaction of his own pride. In any case, to be obstinate is blameable, and to be wilful is dangerous. "
" The possession of wealth leads almost inevitably to its abuse. It is the chief, if not the only, cause of evils which desolate this world below. The thirst for gold is responsible for the most regrettable lapses into sin. "
" Numerous observations made upon fevers, somnambulisms, and other human maladies, seem to prove that the moon does exercise some mysterious influence upon man. "
" You're never rich enough if you can be richer. "
" The body regulates the soul, and, like the balance-wheel, it is submitted to regular oscillations. "
" Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting! "
" If Providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the cannonball into existence. "