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Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: French Scientist

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.


Theories pass. The frog remains.


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.


There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.


Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.


The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.


I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.


One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.


The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.


Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.


I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.


I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.


There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.


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.


Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.


Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.


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.


In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.


Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.


The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.


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