Jean Rostand


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Jean Rostand (October 30, 1894, Paris – September 4, 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 ... more »

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  • ''Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10, Pensées d'un Biologiste (1...
  • ''Quotations—always inexact. I don't trust people who cannot even copy out.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 191 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.
  • ''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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 195, repr. In The Substance of Man (1962).
  • ''Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man. Carnets d'un Biologiste (1962).
  • ''There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 196.
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