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

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Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
Beauty
Jean Rostand

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God, that checkroom of our dreams.
God
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God, that dumping ground of our dreams.
God
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Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
Greatness
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I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
Reality
Jean Rostand

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I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
Paradise
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I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.
Understanding
Jean Rostand

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

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

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

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

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It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.
Opinions
Jean Rostand

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Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
Science and Scientists
Jean Rostand

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One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
Theory
Jean Rostand

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One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
Involvement
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Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.
Books - Reading
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Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Critics and Criticism
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The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
Atheism
Jean Rostand

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The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
Ideals and Idealism
Jean Rostand

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The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
Power
Jean Rostand

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The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
Belief
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The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
Admiration
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There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
The future
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To be adult is to be alone.
Adulthood
Jean Rostand

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Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
[ Research ] Wernher Von Braun