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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on beings

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on concert

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on science

People protect what they love.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on love

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on extraordinary

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on civilization

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on beneath

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on cycle

The sea is the universal sewer.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on sea

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on air

The biggest obstacle was mixing abortion with overpopulation.

These are two things that have nothing to do with each other.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on abortion

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on casts

About Jacques Yves Cousteau

Name Jacques Yves Cousteau
Quotes 29 quotations
Nationality French
Profession Explorer
Birthday 11 June 1910
About Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC ( commonly known in English as Jacques 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.
Top topics world, life, face, water, lead

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on change

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on science

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on fact

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist.

For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on bee

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on attack

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on discover

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on absurd

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on eliminate

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on convince

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on 20th

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on begin

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on awareness

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on boat

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on face

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on delicacy

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.

Jacques Yves Cousteau on 100

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau on act