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Quotations From JEAN ROSTAND

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  • 31.
    Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • 32.
    It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In "A Biologist's Thoughts," The Substance of Man, ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • 33.
    One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
    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).
  • 34.
    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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, ch. 6 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • 35.
    To be adult is to be alone.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • 36.
    I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 8 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • 37.
    Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).

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  • 38.
    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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, ch. 8, "A Biologist's Thoughts" (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • 39.
    The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
    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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