Jules Verne quote about truth from Journey to the Center of the Earth - Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.
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Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.
 Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864). copy citation

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Author Jules Verne
Source Journey to the Center of the Earth
Topic truth science errors
Date 1864
Language English
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Note Translated by Frederick Amadeus Malleson
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3748/3748-h/3748-h.htm

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“"Exactly so; and it is likely enough that if we were to reach the spot beneath the polar regions, about that seventy-first degree where Sir James Ross has discovered the magnetic pole to be situated, we should see the needle point straight up. Therefore that mysterious centre of attraction is at no great depth."
I remarked: "It is so; and here is a fact which science has scarcely suspected."
"Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth."
"What depth have we now reached?"
"We are thirty-five leagues below the surface."
"So," I said, examining the map, "the Highlands of Scotland are over our heads, and the Grampians are raising their rugged summits above us."” source
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