I am an underwater explorer, not a treasure hunter.

— Robert Ballard

The most romantic Robert Ballard quotes that are little-known but priceless

The greatest discoveries all start with the question "Why?"

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It is a quiet and peaceful place - and a fitting place for the remains of this greatest of sea tragedies to rest.

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Well, when I was a kid, I grew up in San Diego next to the ocean.

The ocean was my friend - my best friend.

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The deep sea is the largest museum on earth, it contains more history than all the museums on land combined, and yet we're only now penetrating it.

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Everyone is an explorer. How could you possibly live your life looking at a door and not open it?

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If you compare NASA's annual budget to explore the heavens, that one year budget would fund NOAA's budget to explore the oceans for 1,600 years.

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Most of the southern hemisphere is unexplored.

We had more exploration ships down there during Captain Cook's time than now. It's amazing.

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The DEEP SEA has more history in it than all the museums of the world-combined.

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There are more active volcanoes beneath the sea than on land by two orders of magnitude.

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Fifty percent of the United States of America is underneath the ocean.

And we have better maps of Mars than those areas.

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I would not let an adult drive my robot.

You don't have enough gaming experience. But I will let a kid with no license take control of my vehicle system.

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You don't let a historic site rot.

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About Robert Ballard

Quotes 44 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

NASA's annual budget for space exploration could fund NOAA's budget for ocean exploration for 1600 years.

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My final question: Why are we not looking at moving out onto the sea? Why do we have programs to build a habitation on Mars and we have programs to look at colonizing the Moon but we do not have a program looking at how we colonize our own planet, and the technology is at hand!

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Fifty percent of our country that we own, have all legal jurisdiction, have all rights to do whatever we want, lies beneath the sea and we have better maps of Mars than that 50 percent.

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Almost a quarter of our planet is a single mountain range and we didn't enter it until after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon. So we went to the moon, played golf up there, before we went to the largest feature on our own planet.

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You don't go to Gettysburg with a shovel, you don't take belt buckles off the Arizona.

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Everything I'm going to present to you was not in my textbooks when I went to school ... not even in my college textbooks. I'm a geophysicist, and [in] all my Earth science books when I was a student - I had to give the wrong answer to get an A.

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The body is sort of a pain. It has to go to the bathroom. It has to be comfortable. But the spirit is indestructible. It can move at the speed of light.

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I mean, there is amazing amount of oil and gas and other resources out beneath the sea. It's staggering.

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Why are we ignoring the oceans? Why does NASA spend in one year what NOAA will spend in 1600 years? Why are we looking up? Why are we afraid of the ocean?

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Forever may it remain that way. And may God bless these now-found souls.

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I learned how to order my thoughts, and most important, learned how to develop a plan. I discovered the power of a plan. If you can plan it out, and it seems logical to you, you can do it. And that was the secret to success.

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The Titanic will protect itself.

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I am really dedicated to understanding the planet/creature on which we live and know that means I must go beneath the sea to see 72 percent of what is going on.

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Great is the person who plants a tree knowing he will never sit under it.

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You can only inspire when you give people a new way of looking at the world in which they live.

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My family came in 1635 from England and settled in Williamsburg.

Shortly after, they split up; half went to New England and half stayed in Virginia. I'm a Virginian Ballard.

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I believe in just enriching the economy.

And we're leaving so much on the table, 72 percent of the planet.

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Remember to always dream. More importantly, work hard to make those dreams come true and never give up.

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There's a long list of technologies that have now made it possible to carry out very precise search efforts in the deep sea.

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It's not a huge surprise that there are habitations at the bottom of the Black Sea.

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What drives me is exploration with a purpose, more the classic Royal Geographical Society genre.

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I'm a geophysicist and all my earth science books when I was a student, I had to give the wrong answer to get an A. We used to ridicule continental drift. It was something we laughed at. We learned of Marshall Kay's geosynclinal cycle, which is a bunch of crap.

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I love all of the Earth.

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I can't travel without Sudoku.

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I mean, technology is amoral. It has no morality.

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I would have to say my favorite place on Earth is Bora Bora.

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I prefer sayings over jokes.

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Don't confuse facts with reality.

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There's probably more history now preserved underwater than in all the museums of the world combined. And there's no law governing that history. It's finders keepers.

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If you plan it out, and it seems logical to you, then you can do it.

I discovered the power of a plan.

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So, you know, I think the age of exploration is just beginning, not ending, on our planet.

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