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
The most jaw-dropping Jean Rostand quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists.
One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
To be adult is to be alone.
Kill one man, and you are murderer.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
Kill one man, and you are a murderer.
Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
To hate fatigues.
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.
One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god.
One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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.
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.
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife;
she has thought much worse things about you.
Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.
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.
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.
Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
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.
Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.
It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.
Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.
To be able to observe with a stranger's eye helps one to see with an artist's eye. What alienates us inspires.
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.
The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt.
I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.
It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
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.
I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
Already at the origin of the species man was equal to what he was destined to become.
Theories pass. The frog remains.
In art as in life the valid sacrifices are those that bring no income.
Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
What makes our opponents useful is that they allow us to believe that without them we would be able to realize our goals.
A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.