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French novelist
(1828 - 1905)

Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
      - [Imagination]

Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve.
      - [Imagination]

On 24 May 1863, a Sunday, my uncle, Professor Lidenbrock, came rushing back towards his little house at No. 19 Konigstrasse, one of the oldest streets in the historic part of Hamburg.
      - A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
         (ch. 1) [Books (First Lines)]

Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world. People said that he resembled Byron--at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, tranquil Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old.
      - Around the World in 80 Days
        [Books (First Lines)]

Phileas Fogg had won his wager, and had made his journey around the world in eighty days. To do this he had employed every means of conveyance--steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading-vessels, sledges, elephants. The eccentric gentleman had throughout displayed all his marvellous qualities of coolness and exactitude. But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought back from this long and weary journey?
  Nothing, say you? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!
    Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?
      - Around the World in 80 Days
        [Books (Last Lines)]

During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland. It is well known with what energy the taste for military matters became developed among that nation of ship-owners, shopkeepers, and mechanics. Simple tradesmen jumped their counters to become extemporized captains, colonels, and generals, without having ever passed the School of Instruction at West Point; nevertheless; they quickly rivaled their compeers of the old
  continent, and, like them, carried off victories by dint of lavish expenditure in ammunition, money, and men.
      - From the Earth to the Moon (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Sire, a fresh dispatch."
    "From Tomsk?"
      "Is the wire cut beyond that city?"
        "Yes, sire, since yesterday."
          "Telegraph hourly to Tomsk, General, and keep me informed of all that occurs."
      - Michael Strogoff (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Nothing, sir, can induce me to surrender my claim."
  "I am sorry, count, but in such a matter your views cannot modify mine."
    "But allow me to point out that my seniority unquestionably gives me a prior right."
      "Mere seniority, I assert, in an affair of this kind, cannot possibly entitle you to any prior claim whatever."
      - Off on a Comet! (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Bang! Bang!
  The pistol shots were almost simultaneous. A cow peacefully grazing fifty yards away received one of the bullets in her back. She had nothing to do with the quarrel all the same.
      - Robur the Conqueror (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

If I speak of myself in this story, it is because I have been deeply involved in its startling events, events doubtless among the most extraordinary which this twentieth century will witness. Sometimes I even ask myself if all this has really happened, if its pictures dwell in truth in my memory, and not merely in my imagination.
      - The Master of the World (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Speaking of the great American Andes, the mineralogist Hauy uses a grand expression when he calls them "The incommensurable parts of Creation."
      - Tigers and Traitors (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

But what has become of the Nautilus? Did it resist the pressure of the maelstrom? Does Captain Nemo still live? And does he still follow under the ocean those frightful retaliations? Or, did he stop after that last hecatomb? Will the waves one day carry to him this manuscript containing the history of his life? Shall I ever know the name of this man? Will the missing vessel tell us by its nationality that of Captain Nemo?
  I hope so. And I also hope that his powerful vessel has conquered the sea at its most terrible gulf, and that the Nautilus has survived where so many other vessels have been lost! If it be so- if Captain Nemo still inhabits the ocean, his adopted country, may hatred be appeased in that savage heart! May the contemplation of so many wonders extinguish forever the spirit of vengeance! May the judge disappear, and the philosopher continue the peaceful exploration of the sea! If his his destiny be strange, it is also sublime. Have I not understood it myself? Have I not lived ten months of this this unnatural life? And to the question asked by Ecclesiastes 3,000 years ago, "That which is far off and exceeding deep, who can find it out?" two men alone of all now living have the right to give an answer - CAPTAIN NEMO AND MYSELF.
      - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
        [Books (Last Lines)]

The year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten.
      - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
        [Books (First Lines)]

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