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Happy birthday, Jules Verne!

Happy birthday to Jules Verne (8 February, 1828 – 24 March, 1905)!

Jules Verne Statue


"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. Ah! sir, live--live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!"
- Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

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lizziebelle
Feb. 8th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
And he's got one of the coolest graves out there. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jules-verne-s-tomb
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 11th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! Best. Tomb. Ever. I love showing students how Amazing Stories paid tribute to it.
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