1894 – 1977
Who was Jean Rostand?
Active as an experimental biologist, Rostand became famous for his work as a science writer, as well as a philosopher and an activist. His scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his literary output extended into popular science, history of science and philosophy. His work in the area of cryogenics gave the idea of cryonics to Robert Ettinger.
- The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
- The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
- We are not na?ve enough to ask for pure men; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job.
- Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
- It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.
- God, that checkroom of our dreams.
- I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
- 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.
- It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
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