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Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Datum narození: 11. červen 1910
Datum úmrtí: 25. červen 1997

Jacques-Yves Cousteau [žak ív kustó] byl francouzský námořní důstojník, oceánograf a vynálezce, ochránce přírody, fotograf a filmař zabývající se výzkumem, ochranou a popularizací života moří a oceánů.


„Nejlepší způsob, jak pozorovat ryby, je stát se sám rybou.“

„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.“

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

„When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself“

„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“

„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.“

„We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking.“


„The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it“

„To restate an old law - when a man bites a fish, that's good, but when a fish bites a man, that's bad. This is one way of saying it's all right if man kills an animal, but if an animal attacks man, the act is reprehensible. The animal is labelled "killer," something to be feared, hated, shunned, punished, even killed by man.

How dangerous are those sea animals with bad reputations? A few actually kill. A few maim. Some are poisonous when eaten by man. Most sting, stab, or poison and cause mild to severe discomfort to man. Yet man is one of the larger beings that sea creatures encounter, and these poisons usually can't kill him. Very often these poisons are used defensively against predators and offensively in food gathering.

There are a few animals that have won themselves a bad reputation even though they have little or no effect on man. They have won their rating through man's interpretation of their attitude towards lower animals. These animals have been seen feeding in what appears to be a savage manner. But this behavior may perhaps be comparable to a man tearing the flesh off a chicken leg with his teeth.“
The Ocean World

„The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
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.“


„I swam across the rocks and compared myself favorably with the sars. To swim fishlike, horizontally, was the logical method in a medium eight hundred times denser than air. To halt and hang attached to nothing, no lines or air pipe to the surface, was a dream. At night I had often had visions of flying by extending my arms as wings. Now I flew without wings. (Since that first aqualung flight, I have never had a dream of flying.)“ The Silent World

„There’s about as much educational benefit studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary.“

„It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.“

„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.“

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