Literature and Stamps: Jules Verne

Literature and Stamps: Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) is one of the most important writes of all times. He’s second most translated individual author of all times with Agatha Christies being the 1st one. Behind him (and in top 10) are William Shakespeare, Enid Blyton, Barbara Cartland, Danielle Steel, Vladimir Lenin, Hans Christian Andersen, Stephen King, Jacob Grimm (#10) & Wilhelm Grimm (#11).

Jules Verne – most important – short & simple

Jules Verne was born on 8 February 1828 in Nantes, France and passed away on 24 March 1905, in Amiens, France. Although the original plan was that he becomes a lawyer, fortunately, that was not his destiny.

Jules Verne
Jules Verne
Jules Verne

Copyright© 1955 La Poste. All Rights Reserved.


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

Also the first Jules Verne stamp ever

Denomination: 30 francs

Because of that, the world literature got classics like:

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6),
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11),
  • The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages, #12),
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3),
  • From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #4),
  • Michael Strogoff: A Courier of the Czar,
  • In Search of the Castaways; or the Children of Captain Grant (Extraordinary Voyages, #5),
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon (Extraordinary Voyages, #1),
  • Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7),
  • The Adventures of Captain Hatteras (Extraordinary Voyages #2),
  • Mathias Sandorf (Extraordinary Voyages, #27),
  • The Lighthouse at the End of the World.

We’ll continue the article with Jules most important quotes and series of FDC issued by Monaco Poste in 1955.

Jules Verne – quotes

“Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!”

“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.”

Jules Verne

“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.”

Jules Verne

“In consequence of inventing machines, men will be devoured by them.”

Jules Verne

“One’s native land! There should one live! There die!”

“Put two Yankees in a room together, and in an hour they will each have gained ten dollars from the other.”

Jules Verne

“The industrial stomach cannot live without coal; industry is a carbonivorous animal and must have its proper food.”

Jules Verne

“An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish.”

Jules Verne

“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.”

Jules Verne

“With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally.”

Jules Verne

“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.”

“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?”

Jules Verne

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

Jules Verne

“The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.”

“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?”

Jules Verne

“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.”

Jules Verne on money & greed

Jules Verne

Copyright© 1978 Monaco Poste. All Rights Reserved.


Series – “The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jules Verne”

Aerial shipwreck – The Mysterious Island

The abandoned ship – The Mysterious Island

The secret of the island – The Mysterious Island

Robur the Conqueror

Master Zacharius

The Castle of the Carpathians

The Children of Captain Grant

Jules Verne

Denomination: 0.05 – 5.50 Monégasque francs

“When you bring a man two millions of money, you need have but little fear that you will not be well received.”

“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.”

“You’re never rich enough if you can be richer.”

Copyright© 1978 Magyar Posta. All Rights Reserved.


“The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jules Verne”

From the Earth to the Moon

Denomination: 20 forints

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

And for the conclusion: “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”

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