Jean Rostand


Jean Rostand Quotes

  • ''To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 181 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.
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  • ''There are some persons we could not cut down to size without diminishing ourselves as well.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 193, The Substance of Man (1962).
  • ''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 (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensees d'un Biologiste, ch. 10 (1939).
  • ''When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.''
    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).
  • ''There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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