‘The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horror. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live -live in the bosom of the waters!There is only independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!’ Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything recently, I’ve been working on a project entitled ‘Nitrogen and its effects on the body under pressure.’ so its not as if I haven’t kept up the scuba research! 🙂 My project is currently undergoing the last few bits of editing before being completely finished – once I’m done I can come back to blogging regularly.
For now, I wanted to share some quotes from a great book; ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ by Jules Vernes. If you haven’t already read it I would sincerely recommend you buy yourself a copy of this awesome book! Not convinced? Maybe the following quotes will help you click ‘buy’ on Amazon! 🙂
‘The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.’
‘Nature manifests herself in it, with her three kingdoms: mineral, vegetable and animal. The ocean is the vast reservoir of Nature.’
Professor: ‘Your dead sleep quietly, at least, Captain, out of reach of sharks’ Captain Nemo:’Yes, sir, of sharks and men.’
‘The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it? In it is supreme tranquility.’
‘Steam seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.’
‘With its untold depths, couldn’t the ea keep alive such huge specimens of life from another age, this sea that never changes while the land mass undergo almost continuous alteration? Couldn’t the heart of the ocean hide the last-remaining varieties of these titanic species, for whom years are centuries and centuries millennia?’
Conseil: ‘If that is the case, this dugong may well be the last of its race, and perhaps it would be better to spare it, in the interest of science.’ Ned Land: ‘Perhaps it will be better to hunt it, in the interest of the kitchen.’
‘A strange twilight world opened up before me, and I felt as the first man to set foot on another planet, an intruder in this mystic garden of the deep.’
I wanted to end on that last quote because don’t we all feel like this when we go diving? Like we’ve discovered something new; despite having visited a dive site hundreds of times before, the sea always moves and the scenery with it. What we see on a dive will never be seen exactly as it is again, ever and consequently no two dives are ever the same, this makes us treasure the dives more than ever because what can be seen can never be re-seen in quite the same way.