Quotations From JEAN ROSTAND


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  • I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • 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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 197 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.

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  • Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 7 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. "The Substance of Man," p. 196, Carnets d'un Biologiste (1962).
  • 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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 7 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 7 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • 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).
  • 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.

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