J.Y. Cousteau - Famous Quotes


"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever."

Never before and since (with exception of BBC2's - Blue Planet's Sir David Attenborough) has one man been so influential as the late Commandant Cousteau in taking us onto his exploration voyages around the Sea's and Oceans of the world. He has shown the intricate secrets of the Oceans to millions, if not billions and still does till today. But he has also showed us 'humanity' and it's behavior on the environment, sometimes even in first person.

I got to know about Cousteau's world through the works of 'Didi' Frederic Dumas - Le Monde du Silence. At age 10 I moved to the North Sea and from then on the Sea and I became inseparable; due to this passion the man had instilled in me.

Many continents and Oceans later (I am now 47) I can only attest to witnessing the increasingly rapid death of the Oceans for which he warned us many times more than 50 year's ago.

Let's have a look at this man's 10 + a dolphin most famous quotes and warnings.

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

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

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

"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, 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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

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

My personal favorites:

"The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish"

"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever."

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

What do you think of his quotes, warnings maybe? What did Cousteau to inspire you? Let me know by commenting on this article, I look forward to your reactions!

More on Jacques-Yves Cousteau click here for his Wikipedia Page AC (French: [ʒak iv kusto]; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997)[1] 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.

Cousteau described his underwater world research in a series of books, perhaps the most successful being his first book, The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure, published in 1953. Cousteau also directed films, most notably the documentary adaptation of the book, The Silent World, which won a Palme d'or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He remained the only person to win a Palme d'Or for a documentary film

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Guest - Bert Fiveash on Friday, 31 January 2020 22:10
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Bravo M. Cousteau - I loved your programmes, and yes, you actually did have a Yellow Submarine

Bravo M. Cousteau - I loved your programmes, and yes, you actually did have a Yellow Submarine
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