Words matter. These are the best Paul Watson Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
In 1993, I chased Cuban and Spanish drag trawlers off the Grand Banks off of Newfoundland. And it cost them $35 million in losses.
Documentaries make a difference.
I have been honoured to serve the whales, dolphins, seals – and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me.
I take a biocentric point of view. I look at things from the point of view of the Earth and the laws of ecology. As opposed to the anthropocentric point of view, where everything revolves around humanity.
There are very few fishermen left today.
The oceans are the last free place on the planet.
In December 2012, the U.S. 9th district court granted a temporary injunction to the Japanese whalers that ordered the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society U.S.A. to not approach within 500 yards of the whaling vessels.
The biggest predator of fish like cod is other fish – and seals keep fish like that in check.
It is true that many of the Sea Shepherd crewmembers are inexperienced, but the fact is that these volunteers bring a passion to the project that cannot be found in a hired crew.
I will not watch a whale die. I’ve not seen a whale die since I left Greenpeace in 1977.
It’s a war, I think, to save the planet, really, from ourselves.
I’m not interested in culture; I’m interested in the law.
The fact is, Japan’s whaling is illegal, so just because there is a natural disaster in Japan is no reason for us to stop opposing their illegal activities in the Southern Ocean.
Social change comes through people.
Nobody can legitimately claim to be a marine ecologist and conservationist while continuing to eat fish. It is the ultimate form of hypocrisy.
I always say, ‘I’m not a pirate, I just play one on TV.’
To me extremism is targeting endangered whales in a whale sanctuary in violation of a moratorium. That, to me, is extreme.
There’s no rest when you’re on planetary duty.
There are quite a few disgruntled Greenpeacers who are opposed to its policy of non-cooperation.
We’ll lose more species of plants and animals between 2000 and 2065 than we’ve lost in the last 65 million years. If we don’t find answers to these problems, we’re gonna be victims of this extinction event that we’re at fault for.
Japan is a bully nation that takes what it wants and threatens any who oppose it.
I always try to take the unexpected things and make them work for me.
The Sea Shepherd crew is doing what governments should be doing, but refuse to do themselves, because of the threats of trade retaliation from Japan.
I would just say that nobody could do what I do unless you had a big ego. It’s the only way you can really put it. You have to be arrogant enough to challenge the arrogance of the human race.
No species is more important than others.
You don’t get anywhere unless you’ve had a little bit of a complicated life.
I was doing a talk show in Vancouver, and somebody called in a bomb threat to protest my violence, which I thought was pretty strange. We had to evacuate.
I have known Farley Mowat all of my life, from reading his books as a child to becoming a close friend of his over the last three decades.
We need to stop flying, stop driving cars and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles.
All revolutions are violent revolutions.
I’ve won some awards. ‘Time’ magazine designated me as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. Oh, and I’ve got some honorary citizenships, like from the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. But the one thing I am proud of is I didn’t get the Chevron environmental award. Never did get that one.
Immigration is one of the leading contributors to population growth.
Ships are expendable; the whales are not.
Sometimes going to jail is just the price you have to pay for social reform or social change.
I do what I do because it is the right thing to do. I am a warrior, and it is the way of the warrior to fight superior odds.
I have an unexplainable belief that I will never cause harm or be harmed while at sea. Because of this, I feel secure at sea: I feel secure in the ice, I feel secure in the storms, and I feel secure in confrontations.
The environmental movement doesn’t have many deserters and has a high level of recruitment. Eventually, there will be open war.
The film ‘The Cove’ made people aware of the Japanese slaughter of whales.
Actually, I never really look at myself as a real radical activist; I am more the conservative. I mean, the conservatives are trying to conserve; the radicals are destroying the planet.
Usually, environmental programs are not designed for a mainstream audience.
If we wipe out the fish, the oceans are going to die. If the oceans die, we die. We can’t live on this planet with a dead ocean.
The tragedy is that there is so much more incentive – money – to destroy the ecology than there is to preserve it.
We live on the most incredible planet, and yet we abuse it, and we abuse it mercilessly.
I don’t eat fish because there is no such thing as sustainable fishing in the world right now.
Commercial fishermen are the greediest, stupidest people on earth.
Every fish in the ocean is in danger.
I feel that people should have a license to have children, that they have proper education how to raise children. And that nobody should be allowed to be a parent unless they can prove that they are competent enough to be a parent.
I don’t think that any government has a right to subvert the truth or to cover up the truth, and all I see WikiLeaks doing is exposing the truth.
Greenpeace has a fast ship that could stop the whalers cold.
I’m never horrible to anybody. My problem, and you can ask any of my friends, is that I’m too nice to everybody.
Most people can’t see the connection between their own lives and the oceans.
People sometimes feel frustrated about what’s going on in our oceans and environment, and ‘Whale Wars’ shows that ordinary people can take action and make things happen.
Russian subs are a bargain at $60,000. Unfortunately, none of the dials or instructions are in English.
You will not ever perceive the truth that is reality. There are many realities.
Domestic house cats kill more fish than all the world’s seals put together.
Costa Rica and Germany have simply been pawns in the Japanese quest to silence Sea Shepherd in an attempt to stop our annual opposition of their illegal whaling activities.
Taiwan gives a lot of foreign aid to Costa Rica, so it looks like they are basically buying the right to fish, even though it’s not legal.
Putting Zodiacs in front of whaling vessels doesn’t do it anymore. Done that, been there, seen that.
Sea Shepherd does not condone, nor do we practise, violence.
I’m thankful to have time to write.
Protesting is fundamentally submissive.
Greenpeace is the world’s largest feel-good organisation now, and I can say that ’cause I am one of their co-founders.
Captain Falco saw the diminishment of biodiversity in our oceans over a span of nearly seven decades. He was dedicated to the protection of life and habitats in the sea. He was a legendary mariner, diver, oceanographer, and conservationist. The world is a better place because of him.
Spermaceti oil is valued for its high resistance to heat, and thus it is used in machinery where there is excessive heat.
An American citizen is not going to be extradited to Japan for saving whales.
There are many who condemn my crew and I for taking the law into our own hands and for taking on the barons of corporate profit.