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Date of Birth 8 February 1828Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France
Date of Death 24 March 1905Amiens, Somme, France  (diabetes)
Birth NameJules Gabriel Verne
Nickname The Father of Science Fiction
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse (1)

Honorine de Viane Morel (10 January 1857 - 24 March 1905) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Criticized H.G. Wells for inventing cavourite, a substance impervious to gravity, for his 1865 novel "The First Men in the Moon". Verne thought Wells violated a cardinal rule that the logic of the story must not contradict contemporary scientific knowledge: "I sent my characters to the moon with gunpowder, a thing one may see every day. Where does Mr. Wells find his cavourite? Let him show it to me!".
On 9 March 1886, as Verne was coming home, his nephew, Gaston, charged at him with a gun. As the two wrestled for it, it went off. The second bullet entered Verne's left shin. He never fully recovered. Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum.
Son, Michel Jean Pierre (4 August 1861-1925). A classic enfant terrible, he married an actress over Verne's objections, and had two children by his underage mistress. It seemed to take his father's death for Michel to finally grow up. He oversaw publication of Verne's last novels, "Invasion of the Sea" and "The Lighthouse at the End of the World" (both 1905).
His father was so outraged when he learned Jules was not going to continue law (both he and his father were lawyers), he cut off all financial support. Verne eventually became a stockbroker.
In 1863, he wrote "Paris in the 20th Century" about a young man who lives in a world of skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network, yet cannot find happiness, and comes to a tragic end. His publisher thought the novel's pessimism would damage Verne's career, and declined to publish it. Verne put the manuscript in a safe, where it was discovered by his great-grandson in 1989.
Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999.
His novel "The Mysterious Island" is a sequel to both "In Search of the Castaways" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
Verne and his work play a prominent and pivotal role in Back to the Future Part III (1990). Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) discusses Verne's novel with Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Later, Doc Brown and Ms. Clayton return to 1985 with their young sons, Jules and Verne, introducing the boys to Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Jennifer Parker (Elisabeth Shue).

Personal Quotes (83)

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.
Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot - travel all the same!
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!
If Providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the cannonball into existence.
The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
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.
Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one.
It may be taken for granted that, rash as Americans usually are, when they are prudent, there is good reason for it.
A man of merit owes himself to the homage of the rest of mankind who recognize his worth.
In presence of Nature's grand convulsions, man is powerless.
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!
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.
Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity - gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?
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.
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?
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.
It is certain that the inanimate objects by which you are surrounded have a direct action on the brain.
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.
With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally.
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!
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.
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.
Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!
How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad - simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant!
Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best.
Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are of a higher class than mere gamblers: to bet is in the English temperament.
Liberty is worth paying for.
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.
Everything is possible for an eccentric, especially when he is English.
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.
Man's constitution is so peculiar that his health is purely a negative matter. No sooner is the rage of hunger appeased than it becomes difficult to comprehend the meaning of starvation. It is only when you suffer that you really understand.
Be it understood you are never rich when you get no advantage from it.
You cannot oppose reasoning to pride, the principal of all the vices, since, by its very nature, the proud man refuses to listen to it.
When one has taken root, one puts out branches.
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?
Everybody knows that the great reversed triangle of land, with its base in the north and its apex in the south, which is called India, embraces fourteen hundred thousand square miles, upon which is spread unequally a population of one hundred and eighty millions of souls.
It is said that the night brings counsel, but it is not said that the counsel is necessarily good.
Dost thou know what life is, my child? Hast thou comprehended the action of those springs which produce existence? Hast thou examined thyself?
While there is life, there is hope.
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.
Man is never perfect nor contented.
I have noticed that many who do not believe in God believe in everything else, even in the evil eye.
An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish.
Put two Yankees in a room together, and in an hour they will each have gained ten dollars from the other.
Man, a mere inhabitant of the earth, cannot overstep its boundaries! But though he is confined to its crust, he may penetrate into all its secrets.
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.
The Nautilus was piercing the water with its sharp spur, after having accomplished nearly ten thousand leagues in three months and a half, a distance greater than the great circle of the earth. Where were we going now, and what was reserved for the future?
You're never rich enough if you can be richer.
We were alone. Where, I could not say, hardly imagine. All was black, and such a dense black that, after some minutes, my eyes had not been able to discern even the faintest glimmer.
The body regulates the soul, and, like the balance-wheel, it is submitted to regular oscillations.
When you bring a man two millions of money, you need have but little fear that you will not be well received.
He who is mistaken in an action which he sincerely believes to be right may be an enemy, but retains our esteem.
It must be that a man who shuts himself up between four walls must lose the faculty of associating ideas and words.
It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.
The moon, by her comparative proximity, and the constantly varying appearances produced by her several phases, has always occupied a considerable share of the attention of the inhabitants of the earth.
What is there unreasonable in admitting the intervention of a supernatural power in the most ordinary circumstances of life?
Fellows who have rascally faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest; otherwise, they would be arrested off-hand.
When science has sent forth her fiat - it is only to hear and obey.
Is not a woman's heart unfathomable?
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.
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.
Numerous observations made upon fevers, somnambulisms, and other human maladies, seem to prove that the moon does exercise some mysterious influence upon man.
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.
In consequence of inventing machines, men will be devoured by them.
One's native land! There should one live! There die!
Now, when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American to share it. If there be three, they elect a president and two secretaries. Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office is ready for work; five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is fully constituted.
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.
The wisest man may be a blind father.
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.
'Movement is life;' and it is well to be able to forget the past, and kill the present by continual change.
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.
A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards.
The industrial stomach cannot live without coal; industry is a carbonivorous animal and must have its proper food.
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.
One has only to follow events, and you will be all right. The surest way is to take whatever comes as it comes.
To modify the conditions of the Earth's movement is beyond the powers of man. It is not given to mankind to change the order established by the Creator in the system of the Universe.
The Chinaman has only a passive courage, but this courage he possesses in the highest degree. His indifference to death is truly extraordinary. When he is ill, he sees it approach, and does not falter. When condemned, and already in the hands of an officer, he manifests no fear.
To put up with what you cannot avoid is a philosophical principle, that may not perhaps lead you to the accomplishment of great deeds, but is assuredly eminently practical.
The regions of the North Pole situated within the eighty-fourth degree of north latitude have not yet been utilized, for the very good reason that they have not yet been discovered.
You seize sentiment better when you get clear of nature. You breathe it in every sense!

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