Jean Rostand - Quotes

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A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it. ---->>>

Theories pass. The frog remains. ---->>>

When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic. ---->>>

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.

Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.

Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.

To be adult is to be alone.

To be adult is to be alone.

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists. ---->>>

Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are. ---->>>

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.

One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god. ---->>>

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time. ---->>>

Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.

Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.

We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds. ---->>>

It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed. ---->>>

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind. ---->>>

It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls. ---->>>

To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts. ---->>>

One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it. ---->>>

Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness. ---->>>

It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths. ---->>>

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. ---->>>

One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void. ---->>>

The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious. ---->>>

Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that. ---->>>

To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few. ---->>>

Already at the origin of the species man was equal to what he was destined to become. ---->>>

Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing. ---->>>

Hatred, for the man who is not engaged in it, is a little like the odor of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any. ---->>>

It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of. ---->>>

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. ---->>>

I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books. ---->>>

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same. ---->>>

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions. ---->>>

God, that dumping ground of our dreams. ---->>>

I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence. ---->>>

I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance. ---->>>

We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be. ---->>>

I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell. ---->>>

A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in. ---->>>

It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him. ---->>>

The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God. ---->>>

To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should. ---->>>

I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan. ---->>>

In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's. ---->>>

Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth. ---->>>

Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt. ---->>>

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said. ---->>>

The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to. ---->>>

In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day. ---->>>

There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past. ---->>>

There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: October 30, 1894
Birthplace:
Die: 09-04, 1977
Occupation: Scientist
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Jean Rostand (30 October 1894, Paris – 4 September 1977, Ville-d'Avray) was a French biologist and philosopher. Active as an experimental biologist, Rostand became famous for his work as a science writer, as well as a philosopher and an activist. His scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his literary output extended into popular science, history of science and philosophy (wikipedia)