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Jacques-Yves Cousteau
(11 Jun 1910 - 25 Jun 1997)

French naval officer, oceanographer, marine biologist and ocean explorer.


Science Quotes by Jacques-Yves Cousteau (4 quotes)

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
Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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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
Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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I experimented with all possible maneuvers—loops, somersaults and barrel rolls. I stood upside down on one finger and burst out laughing, a shrill, distorted laugh. Nothing I did altered the automatic rhythm of the air. Delivered from gravity and buoyancy, I flew around in space.
Describing his early test (1943) in the Mediterranean Sea of the Aqua-Lung he co-invented.
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Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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There was wildlife, untouched, a jungle at the border of the sea, never seen by those who floated on the opaque roof.
Describing his early experience, in 1936, when a fellow naval officer, Philippe Tailliez, gave him goggles to see below the Mediterranean Sea surface.
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Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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