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Quotes of the Day for 11 June 2003 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born at St. André de Cubzac, France on this day in 1910. In 1930 he entered the French Naval Academy and trained to become a pilot until an automobile accident ended that career. It was during rehabilitation from the accident that he started swimming and first used goggles. During World War II Cousteau fought with the French Resistance and invented the Aqualung, the first of many developments for underwater exploration. To finance his oceanographic research he produced 115 films, giving millions a glimpse into his world.

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The quotes:

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.

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.

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.

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.
     All from  Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 1910 - 1997


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