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Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and turn headlong down an immutable course.
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The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets.
 

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.
 

The biggest obstacle was mixing abortion with overpopulation. These are two things that have nothing to do with each other.
 

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

The idea of a group of elders is that, in past civilizations, they have linked worlds; the other world was also present in this one. There is also the argument that elders have "experience." The problem is that experience teaches fear of change. Experience kills imagination. Experience makes people conservative. What we are facing tomorrow requires the force of imagination, not wisdom from yesterday.
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The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.
 

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.
 

The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.
 

The sea is the universal sewer.
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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
 

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.
 

To yackety-yak about the past is for me time lost. Every morning I wake up saying, 'I'm still alive -- a miracle.' And so I keep on pushing.
 

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

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
 

We have to prepare for what life could become in 40 years. We need to outline what is possible and what is impossible with the non-renewable resources of the Earth. What role will technological improvement play? Taking all this into account, what kind of life can we produce in the best way for 10 billion people? That's a problem that needs to be solved.
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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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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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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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