Jacques Yves Cousteau

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau (11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.

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From birth man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.

Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century, than in all of previous human history.

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.

I am not a scientist. I am rather an impresario of scientists.

I believe that national sovereignties will shrink in the face of universal interdependence.

It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.

The biggest obstacle was mixing abortion with overpopulation. These are two things that have nothing to do with each other.

No aquarium no tank in a marine land however spacious it may be can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.

The sea once it casts its spell holds one in its net of wonder forever.

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole the keyhole of nature trying to know what's going on.

In order to stabilize world population we must eliminate 350 000 per day.

People protect what they love.

If we go on the way we have the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change we will disappear from the face of the globe to be replaced by the insect.

Man of all the animals is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy.

A lot of people attack the sea I make love to it.

The sea is the universal sewer.

We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.

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