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Type: Explorer
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 06/11/1910




 

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
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A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.
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The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
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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.
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We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
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I am not a scientist. I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
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No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.
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Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians.
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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.
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People protect what they love.
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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.
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Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy.
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However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day.
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In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 per day.
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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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Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.
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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.
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Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
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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.
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When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
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The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets.
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The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters... and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.
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It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
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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.
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I believe that national sovereignties will shrink in the face of universal interdependence.
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