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Jacques Yves Cousteau Quotes and Sayings

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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

Related topics: Science

I am not a scientist.
I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

In order to stabilize world population,
we must eliminate 350,000 per day.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

I believe that national sovereignties will shrink in
the face of universal interdependence.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

People protect what they love.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

The awareness of our environment came progressively
in all countries with different outlets.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

The biggest obstacle was mixing abortion with overpopulation.
These are two things that have nothing to do with each other.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

The sea is the universal sewer.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

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

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

A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

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

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

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

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.
- Albert Einstein

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -
the idea that anything is possible.
- Ray Bradbury

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
- Ray Bradbury

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions
as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them.
Becoming a scientist or engineer is.
- Dean Kamen

First off, I'm not a scientist, and I make no apology for that.
- Christopher Shays

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific
problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
- Richard P. Feynman

Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who
embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverting lenses.
- Thomas Kuhn

I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.
- Roland Emmerich

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor,
a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
- Levon Helm

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician:
he is also a child confronting natural phenomena
that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
- Marie Curie

I'm a scientist, not a theologian.
I don't know if there is a God or not.
Religion requires certainty.
- James Lovelock

The day when the scientist, no matter how devoted,
may make significant progress alone and without material help is past.
This fact is most self-evident in our work.
- Ernest Lawrence

In Italy the artist is a god.
Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
- Josef Albers

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations
are often seized in their essence by the percipient
scientist long in advance of any possible proof.
- John Desmond Bernal

The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant
of almost everything except his specialty.
- Marshall McLuhan

I love being a very personal singer-songwriter,
but I also like being a scientist or explorer.
- Bjork

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right.
When he states that something is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade,
but to clarify.
- Leo Szilard

The fact that the great scientist believed in flying
machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.
- Wilbur Wright

We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist,
and our work is a delightful game.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I was going to visit IBM for six months as a visiting scientist.
Now, six months is a lot of time, so I came with a
whole list of projects that I might want to work on.
- Wietse Venema

There comes a time when every scientist,
even God, has to write off an experiment.
- P. D. James

I'm a medical doctor and a biomedical scientist.
- Steven Hatfill

I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this:
the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is
true has no bearing over whether it is true or not.
- Peter Medawar

The scientist's inquiry into the causes of things is
providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

A scientist is an unlikely character to put at the center of a movie.
- Bill Condon

The scientist only imposes two things,
namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself
and upon other scientists.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols
to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

I was married to Margaret Joan Howe in 1940.
Although not a scientist herself she has contributed
more to my work than anyone else by providing a peaceful and happy home.
- Frederick Sanger

I was going to be a scientist.
- Ben Okri

I do not think that there is a reputable scientist
on this planet who would advocate using this technology
to generate a human child as was just announced.
- Robert Lanza

If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist.
It's one way to answer the question,
'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better.
- Paula Cole

If you put somebody on a crack pipe and give them a 9 mm Baretta,
you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out
what's going to happen next.
- James Lee Burke

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature,
the one retreats as the other advances.
- Joseph McCabe

Without imagination we can go nowhere.
And imagination is not restricted to the arts.
Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.
- Rita Dove

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann

It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist
usually is in the work of any other,
with the possible exception of the teacher who backs
him or the student who honors him.
- Jean Rostand


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