Jean Rostand


Jean Rostand Quotes

  • ''Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood—we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.''
    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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 83 (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).
  • ''We are not naïve enough to ask for pure men; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job.''
    Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, ch. 10, "A Biologist's Thoughts" (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).
  • ''I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.''
    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).
  • ''We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.''
    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).
  • ''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).

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