Jean Rostand


Jean Rostand Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.''
    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).
  • ''To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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