65 Jacques Yves Cousteau Quotes On Success In Life

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, AC 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. These Jacques Yves Cousteau quotes will motivate you.

Best Jacques Yves Cousteau Quotes

  1. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  2. “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  3. “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
  4. “The future is in the hands of those who explore… and from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  5. “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
  6. “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  7. “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  8. “The reason I love the sea I cannot explain – it’s physical. When you dive you begin to feel like an angel. It’s a liberation of your weight.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  9. “People protect what they love.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  10. “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
  11. “In the deep space of the sea I have found my moon” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  12. “We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  13. “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  14. “I was playing when I invented the aqualung. I think play is the most serious thing in the world.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  15. “The United Nation’s goal is to reduce population selectively by encouraging abortion, forced sterilization, and control of human reproduction, and regards two-thirds of the human population as excess baggage, with 350,000 people to be eliminated per day.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  16. “Sometimes 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” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  17. “Man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  18. “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
  19. “Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  20. “There are no boundaries in the real Planet Earth. No United States, no Soviet Union, no China, no Taiwan…Rivers flow unimpeded across the swaths of continents. The persistent tides – the pulse of the sea – do not discriminate; they push against all the varied shores on Earth.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  21. “The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  22. “It is fashionable nowadays to talk about the endless riches of the sea. The ocean is regarded as a sort of bargain basement, but I don’t agree with that estimate. People don’t realize that water in the liquid state is very rare in the universe. Away from earth it is usually a gas. This moisture is a blessed treasure, and it is our basic duty, if we don’t want to commit suicide, to preserve it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  23. “When we return wild animals to nature, we merely return them to what is already theirs. For man cannot give wild animals freedom, they can only take it away.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  24. “Overconsumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  25. “The future of nutrition is found in the oceans” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  26. “In order to save the planet it would be necessary to kill 350,000 people per day.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  27. “If human civilization is going to invade the waters of the earth, then let it be first of all to carry a message of respect.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  28. “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
  29. “We must go and see for ourselves.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  30. “All life is part of a complex relationship in which each is dependent upon the others, taking from, giving to and living with all the rest.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  31. “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.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  32. “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
  33. “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
  34. “There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary confinement.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  35. “The sea is the universal sewer.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  36. “A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  37. “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
  38. “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
  39. “No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  40. “I wake up saying, I’m still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  41. “We must alert and organise the world’s people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises – exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Overconsumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  42. “It’s terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  43. “Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as with those on dry land. That this will come to pass is my dear wish.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  44. “Through the window of my mask I see a wall of coral, its surface a living kaleidoscope of lilac flecks, splashes of gold, reddish streaks and yellows, all tinged by the familiar transparent blue of the sea.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  45. “Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction – up, down, sideways – by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  46. “Population growth is the primary source of environmental damage.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  47. “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
  48. “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. 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
  49. “Our society is turning toward more and more needless consumption. It is a vicious circle that I compare to cancer . . . . Should we eliminate suffering, diseases? The idea is beautiful, but perhaps not a benefit for the long term. We should not allow our dread of diseases to endanger the future of our species. . . . In order to stabilize world population, we need to eliminate 350,000 people a day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  50. “The little bee returns with evening’s gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive,
    Where, housed beside their might honey-comb,
    They dream their polity shall long survive.
    Charles Tennyson Turner – A Summer Night in the Bee Hive
    The happiness of the bee & the dolphin is to exist.
    For man it is to know that & to wonder at it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau Quotes
  51. “We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  52. “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
  53. “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.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  54. “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.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  55. “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
  56. “We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  57. “I am absolutely enraptured by the atmosphere of a wreck. A dead ship is the house of a tremendous amount of life-fish and plants. The mixture of life and death is mysterious, even religious. There is the same sense of peace and mood that you feel on entering a cathedral.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  58. “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.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  59. “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
  60. “Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

  61. “May this continent, the last explored by humankind, be the first one to be spared by humankind.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  62. “However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  63. “With earth’s burgeoning human population to feed we must turn to the sea with understanding and new technology. We need to farm it as we farm the land.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  64. “Without ethics, everything happens as if we were all five billion passengers on a big machinery and nobody is driving the machinery. And it’s going faster and faster, but we don’t know where.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  65. “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.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

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