We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
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.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
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.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
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.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
Theories pass. The frog remains.
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.
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.
Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
To be adult is to be alone.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
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.
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 a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.
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