37 Great Jacques Cousteau Quotes

37 Great Jacques Cousteau Quotes

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910 in France. He was a naval officer, filmmaker, scientist, explorer, photographer and researcher. His focus and passion was on the sea. He and his neighbor shared an interest in mysterious places of the earth and filmed a documentary together in 1943, Par dix-huit metres de fond (18 feet deep), which won the very first ex-aequo prize of the Congress of Documentary Film. They continued to make documentaries for many years. Cousteau died on June 25, 1997 from a heart attack.

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

“And let us remember too that life, in its exuberance, always succeeds in overflowing the narrow limits within which man thinks he can confine it.”

“Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction – up, down, sideways – by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel.”

“Every morning I wake up saying, I’m still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing.”

“Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians.”

“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.”

“How dangerous are those sea animals with bad reputations? A few actually kill. A few maim. Some are poisonous when eaten by man. Most sting, stab,or poison and cause mild to severe discomfort to man. Yet man is one of the larger beings that sea creatures encounter, and these poisons usually can’t kill him.”

“However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day.”

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

“I said that the oceans were sick but they’re not going to die. There is no death possible in the oceans – there will always be life – but they’re getting sicker every year.”

“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.”

“If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“People protect what they love.”

“Population growth is the primary source of environmental damage.”

“Sometime we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course.”

“The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets.”

“The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.”

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

“The idea of a group of elders is that, in past civilizations, they have linked worlds; the other world was also present in this one. There is also the argument that elders have “experience.” The problem is that experience teaches fear of change. Experience kills imagination. Experience makes people conservative. What we are facing tomorrow requires the force of imagination, not wisdom from yesterday.”

“The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.”

“The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters… and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.”

“The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.”

“The sea is the universal sewer.”

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

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”

“There are a few animals that have won themselves a bad reputation even though they have little or no effect on man. They have won their rating through man’s interpretation of their attitude towards lower animals. These animals have been seen feeding in what appears to be a savage manner. But this behavior may perhaps be comparable to a man tearing the flesh off a chicken leg with his teeth.”

“To restate an old law – when a man bites a fish, that’s good, but when a fish bites a man, that’s bad. This is one way of saying it’s all right if man kills an animal, but if an animal attacks man, the act is reprehensible.”

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

“We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking.”

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

“We have to prepare for what life could become in 40 years. We need to outline what is possible and what is impossible with the non-renewable resources of the Earth. What role will technological improvement play? Taking all this into account, what kind of life can we produce in the best way for 10 billion people? That’s a problem that needs to be solved.”

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”