Celebrating Jacques Cousteau’s Birthday

One hundred and four years ago, to this date, Jacques-Yves Cousteau took his first breaths. But it would be his countless breaths underwater from his self-invented Aqua-Lung that would leave the most impact.

As a filmmaker, diver, explorer and conservationist, Cousteau brought the mysteries of the underwater world to the big screen and christened an entire generation (and generations to come) into the sanctuary of the oceans.

So here’s to Jacque-Yves 104-year birthday—let’s celebrate with a few quotes and pictures.

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

“People protect what they love.”

“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.”

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

"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."