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|FAMOUS - and not so famous - QUOTES|
|Nothing that the ingenuity of man has permitted
his to do is more unnatural than working as a diver in deep water.
Commander Edward Ellsberg, US Navy.
(I'm not so sure of that - what about gridiron, and synchronised swimming!!)
"Water - the ocean - is our most natural environment.
With all the misery in the world, the misunderstanding,
intollerance, fanaticism, greed and abuse, it is wonderfull to appreciate
that this is not the way of the universe, and not the way God, your God,
meant it to be. The smile of a child tells us that.
The sea was the cradle of primordial life, from
which the roots of our own existence sprouted. Billions of years of evolutionary
development brought forth an enchanting variety of forms, colors, lifestyles,
and patterns of behaviour.
There is only anecdotal evidence of the number
of Grey Nurse Sharks with hooks in them.
Yes, I love it. The sea is everything. It covers
seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe.
I can only think of one experience which might
exceed in interest a few hours spent under water, and that would be a journey
I am not at home, nor near any city or people;
I am far out in the Pacific on a desert island, sitting on the bottom of
the the ocean; I am deep down under the water in a place where no human
being has ever been before; it is one of the greatest moments in
my whole life; thousands of people would pay large sums, would forego much
for five minutes of this!.
Underwater men will walk, will ride, will sleep,
The Sea, biologists tell us, holds the key to
the mysteries of life. In some unknown time and way a molecule of
matter crossed an unknown line and became a living cell. Other scientists
believe that the human mind has a dim awareness of long tenuous roots that
stretch back into the sea. When we dream of being in water, they
say, of diving into it or coming out of it, we are reliving the mysteries
of our own birth. Our language reflects the uneasy awe we feel towards
the unknown world which covers most of the planet. When something
is beyond our understanding we say it's "too deep" or that "we just can't
A method of escaping in tempest and shipwreck
at sea. Have a coat made of leather, which should have the part over
the breast in two layers, a finger's breadth apart; and in the same way
it must be double from the waist to the knee; and the leather must be quite
air tight. When you leap into the sea, blow out the skirt of your
coat through the double layers of the breast; and allow yourself to be
carried by the waves; when you see no shore near, give attention to the
sea you are in and always keep in your mouth the air tube which leads into
the coat; and if now and again you require to take a breath of fresh air,
and the foam prevents you, you may draw a breath of air within the coat.
Between the air and the water a steel wave quivers.
What people call the surface is also a ceiling. A looking glass above,
watered silk below. Nothing is torn on the way through. Only
a few bubbles mark the diver's channel and behind him the frontier soon
closes. But once the threshold is crossed you can turn back slowly
and look up: that dazzling screen is the border between two worlds, as
clear to the one as to the other. Behind the looking glass the sky
is made of water.
Capt. Nemo: 'You know as well as I do, Professor,
that man can live under water, providing he carries a sufficient supply
of breathable air. The workman, clad in impervious dress, with his
head in a metal helmet, receives air from above by means of forcing pumps
Only when we have developed a full understanding
and appreciation of the animal kingdom can we regard ourselves as being
A vivid sense of delight takes hold off one, when
for the first time one penetrates the surface. After thousands of years
of fear and effort Man has at last succeeded in getting beneath the top
layer of the sea, winning a long battle against asphyxia and terror. A
palace untouched by human hand, with its gardens of rock and water where
living creatures play the part of flowers, is the goal of all our striving.
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