Jean Rostand

French writer (1894-1977)

Jean Rostand (October 30, 1894September 4, 1977) was a French biologist and philosopher.

Jean Rostand

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  • Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.
    • Jean Rostand (1962). The substance of men. Doubleday. p. 19. 
  • On tue un homme, on est un assassin. On tue des millions d'hommes, on est un conquérant. On les tue tous, on est un dieu.
    • 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.
      • Jean Rostand (1939). Thoughts of a Biologist. 
      • See also "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic." (misattributed to Joseph Stalin)
  • La science a fait de nous des dieux avant même que nous méritions d'être des hommes.
    • Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
      • Jean Rostand (1939). Thoughts of a Biologist. 

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