Quotations by Jean Rostand

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Born: Tuesday, October 30, 1894
Died: Sunday, September 4, 1977 (82 years old)
Profession: Scientist
Nationality: French


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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Work, Science, Body, Chance, Man)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Power, Humanity)

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Man, Old)

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Time, Quarrel)

Already at the origin of the species man was equal to what he was destined to become.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Man)

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Art, Beauty, Nothing, Ugliness)

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Ability, Feeling, Nothing)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Idea, Being, Errors, Mind, Regret)

Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Choices, Reality, Taste)

God, that dumping ground of our dreams.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Dreams, God)

Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Greatness, Gain, Order)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Hatred, Man)

I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Criticism, Opposition, Praise)

I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Books, Jargon, Lies, Reality)

I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Paradise, Hell, Right)

I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Life, Words)

I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Appearance)

In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Day, Order, Party)

In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Politics, Lie, Today, Yesterday)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Work)

It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Science, Forget)

It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Attention, Error)

It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Thoughts, May)

It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Deep, Opinion)

Kill a man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conquerer. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: God, Men, Man)

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Pessimism, Sincerity)

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Wife, Thought, Remorse)

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Wealth, Nothing)

Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Truth, Nothing)

One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: God, Man)

One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Credit, Order)

One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Interest)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Contempt, Respect, Will)

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Men, Science, Gods, Being)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Cure, End)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Faith, Cruelty, Direction, Falsehood, Stupidity, Vanity)

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

The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Books, Past, Surprises, Want)

The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: God, Quality, Man)

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Doubt, Enemies)

The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Power, Vocation)

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Being, Nobility)

Theories pass. The frog remains.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Theories)

There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Men, Future, Moments, Past)

There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Truth, Moments, Opinion)

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Computers)

To be adult is to be alone.
- Jean Rostand

To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Love, Idea)

To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Thoughts)

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.
- Jean Rostand
(Keywords: Men, Man)



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