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Sylvia A. Earle

  • Success underwater depends mostly on how you conduct yourself. Diving can be the most relaxing experience in the world. Your weight seems to disappear. Space travel will be available only to a few individuals for some time, but the oceans are available to almost everyone — now.

    • Sylvia A. Earle,
    • in Joyce Teitz, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? ()
  • There is an enormous amount to be learned about the sea; like most wildernesses, it has great potential.

    • Sylvia A. Earle,
    • in Joyce Teitz, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? ()
  • People I know who succeed don't mind working. Those who are competent seem to like doing things well — not stopping because they haven't accomplished what they wanted to on the first go-round. They're willing to do it twenty times, if necessary. There's an illusion that the good people can easily do something, and it's not necessarily true. They're just determined to do it right. I was impressed by hearing one of the women at Radcliffe talk about writing a poem, how many revisions a single poem sometimes has to go through — fifty or sixty revisions to come out with a poem sixteen lines long.

    • Sylvia A. Earle,
    • in Joyce Teitz, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? ()
  • It doesn't matter where on Earth you live, everyone is utterly dependent on the existence of that lovely, living saltwater soup. There's plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.

  • If the sea is sick, we'll feel it. If it dies, we die. Our future and the state of the oceans are one.

  • We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature.

    • Sylvia A. Earle,
    • in Roger Rosenblatt, "Call of the Sea," Time ()

Sylvia A. Earle, U.S. oceanographer, explorer, writer, environmental activist

(1935)

Full name: Sylvia Alice Earle.