The Best Jacques Cousteau quotes

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Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France. He is known as a pioneer of marine conservation and for developing diving equipment that made underwater exploration possible for the average person. In addition to his many scientific achievements, Cousteau also became a household name through his televised documentaries about the ocean. He died on November 25, 1997.

Here are the most known Life, Water, World, Human Beings quotes from Jacques Cousteau, and much more.


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11 June 1910

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25 June 1997

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

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

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

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

The sea is not a bargain basement. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

The sea is the universal sewer. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians. — 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

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

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

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

The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed. — 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

I was playing when I invented the aqualung. I think play is the most serious thing in the world. — 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

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

What is Jacques Cousteau known for?

French naval officer, ocean explorer, filmmaker, and author Jacques Cousteau is known for his extensive undersea investigations and for co-inventing the first fully automatic compressed-air Aqua-Lung.

His explorations were the subject of award-winning documentaries and TV shows as well as popular books.


May this continent, the last explored by humankind, be the first one to be spared by humankind. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

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. — Jacques Cousteau

Inspiring Phrases From Jacques Cousteau

We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace? — Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

I wake up saying, I’m still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

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

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

People protect what they love. — Jacques Yves Cousteau