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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Scientist
Nation: French
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God, that dumping ground of our dreams.

Tags: Dreams, God, Ground

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

Tags: Greatness, Often, Order

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

Tags: Criticism, Judge, Praise

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

Tags: Honest, Lies, Reality

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

Tags: Deprived, Hell, Paradise

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

Tags: Life, Understand, Words

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

Tags: Appearance, Glance, Manage

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

Tags: Three, Times, True

It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.

Tags: Forget, Science, Sometimes

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

Tags: Attention, Draw, Sometimes

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

Tags: Opinion, Survive, Takes

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.

Tags: Fortitude, Tolerate, Wealth

Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.

Tags: Astray, Scientist, Truth

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

Tags: Credit, Hypothesis, Order

One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.

Tags: Else, Human, Situation

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.

Tags: Contempt, Respect, Whom

Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.

Tags: Critics, Fair, Resist

The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.

Tags: Again, Past, Write

The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.

Tags: God, Him, Quality

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.

Tags: Alas, Doubt, Ideal

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

Tags: Power, Suspicious, Vocation

There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.

Tags: Future, Men, Past

There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.

Tags: Enough, Opinion, Truth

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We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.

Tags: Spend, Time, Wish

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.

Tags: Science, Time, Work

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.

Tags: Beautiful, Human, Mind

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.

Tags: Him, Teacher, Work

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.

Tags: Future, Science, 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.

Tags: Great, Humanity, Power

One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god.

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Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.

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Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.

Tags: Computers, Why

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.

Tags: Marriage, Thought, Wife

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

Tags: Both, Married, Time

Theories pass. The frog remains.

Tags: Frog, Pass, Remains

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

Tags: Away, Often, Reality

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.

Tags: Gods, Men, Science

To be adult is to be alone.

Tags: Adult, Alone

We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.

Tags: Cannot, Understand, Watch

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

Tags: Art, Beauty, Often

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists.

Tags: Pessimism, Point, Sincerity

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.

Tags: Bad, Faith, Stupidity

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.

Tags: Engaged, Garlic, Hatred

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

Tags: Lie, Politics, Today

It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.

Tags: Enough, May, Thoughts

The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.

Tags: Human, Nobility, Strictly

To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.

Tags: Idea, Love

To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.

Tags: Disturb, Reflect, Thoughts

Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.

Tags: End, Put, Somebody

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.

Tags: Bad, Few, Men

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

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

Tags: Become, Equal, Origin

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

Tags: Feeling, Give, Said