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Jean Rostand Quotes

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.

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.

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

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.

Already at the origin of the species man was equal to what he was destined to become.

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.

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.

Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing.

God, that dumping ground of our dreams.

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

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.

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

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

I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.

I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.

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

In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.

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

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.