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

French naval officer, oceanographer, marine biologist and ocean explorer who co-invented the aqualung, and various equipment for underwater filming of his extensive investigations throughout the world’s oceans.


Science Quotes by Jacques-Yves Cousteau (6 quotes)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau quote Bolted to earth
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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
Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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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.
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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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
As quoted by Nancy Hicks in 'Cousteau’s Philosophy of the Sea Helps Him Get Another Medal', New York Times (25 Oct 1970), 54.
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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.
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Quoted in 'Sport: Poet of the Depths', Time (28 Mar 1960)
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  • todayinsci icon Jacques-Yves Cousteau - context of quote “Water in the liquid state is very rare in the universe” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
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  • book icon Jacques Cousteau's Calypso, by Jacques Yves Cousteau. - book suggestion.
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