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.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wake up saying, I'm still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing.
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.
In the deep space of the sea I have found my moon
The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.
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.
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
I was playing when I invented the aqualung. I think play is the most serious thing in the world.
People protect what they love.
Sometime 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
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.
The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.
We must go and see for ourselves.
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.
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.
When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
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.
The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
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.
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