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Vicomte Ferdinand, de Lesseps
(19 Nov 1805 - 7 Dec 1894)

French diplomat.


Science Quotes by Vicomte Ferdinand, de Lesseps (1 quote)

Since 1849 I have studied incessantly, under all its aspects, a question which was already in my mind [since 1832. I confess that my scheme is still a mere dream, and I do not shut my eyes to the fact that so long as I alone believe it to be possible, it is virtually impossible. ... The scheme in question is the cutting of a canal through the Isthmus of Suez. This has been thought of from the earliest historical times, and for that very reason is looked upon as impracticable. Geographical dictionaries inform us indeed that the project would have been executed long ago but for insurmountable obstacles. [On his inspiration for the Suez Canal.]
— Vicomte Ferdinand, de Lesseps
Letter to M.S.A. Ruyssenaers, Consul-General for Holland in Egypt, from Paris (8 Jul 1852), seeking support. Collected in Ferdinand de Lesseps, The Suez Canal: Letters and Documents Descriptive of Its Rise and Progress in 1854-1856 (1876), 2.
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Quotes by others about Vicomte Ferdinand, de Lesseps (1)

Pour accomplir de grandes choses il ne suffit pas d'agir il faut rκver; il ne suffit pas de calculer, il faut croire.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
[Referring to the Suez Canal, initiated by Ferdinand de Lesseps.]
Speech (24 Dec 1896) upon election to the French Academy, in the vacant place of the late Ferdinand de Lesseps, Discours de Rιception de M. Anatole France: Sιance de l'Acadιmie Franηaise du 24 Dιcembre 1896 (1897), 21.
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