Jean Rostand


Jean Rostand Quotes

  • ''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 (1939).
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  • ''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.
  • ''Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. Carnets d'un Biologiste, repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 195 (1962).
  • ''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.
  • ''It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 192 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.
  • ''I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 192, The Substance of Man (1962).
  • ''The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.

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