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 :: 1894-1977, French Biologist, Writer

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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 - [Science and Scientists]

 

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A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
~ Jean Rostand - [Power]

 

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A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
~ Jean Rostand - [Age and Aging]

 

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Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
~ Jean Rostand - [Beauty]

 

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Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
~ Jean Rostand - [Aphorisms and Epigrams]

 

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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 - [Mistakes]

 

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God, that checkroom of our dreams.
~ Jean Rostand - [God]

 

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God, that dumping ground of our dreams.
~ Jean Rostand - [God]

 

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Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
~ Jean Rostand - [Greatness]

 

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I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
~ Jean Rostand - [Government]

 

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I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
~ Jean Rostand - [Reality]

 

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I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
~ Jean Rostand - [Paradise]

 

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I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.
~ Jean Rostand - [Understanding]

 

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I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.
~ Jean Rostand - [Self-image]

 

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In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
~ Jean Rostand - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
~ Jean Rostand - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him.
~ Jean Rostand - [Science and Scientists]

 

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It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
~ Jean Rostand - [Science and Scientists]

 

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It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
~ Jean Rostand - [Mistakes]

 

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It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
~ Jean Rostand - [Agreement]

 

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