Jacques Monod Quotes

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Jacques Monod Quotes

Jacques Monod (9 February 1910 – 31 May 1976) was a French biochemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1965. He was born on 9 February 1910, in Paris, France. In October 1928, he enrolled at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Paris to study the natural sciences. His science degree was earned in 1931 and he started pursuing a Ph.D. at the ‘University of Strasbourg’. He became an assistant professor of zoology at the faculty of sciences in 1932. From 1932 to 1934, he investigated the evolution of life.

Famous Jacques Monod Quotes

“The whole concert of animate nature arose entirely from annoying noises.” ~ Jacques Monod
“Every living being is also a fossil. Within it, all the way down to the microscopic structure of its proteins, it bears the traces if not the stigmata of its ancestry.” ~ Jacques Monod
“Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the wealth they owe to science, our societies are still trying to practice and to teach systems of values already destroyed at the roots by that very science. Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence which he has emerged by chance. His duty, like his fate, is written nowhere.” ~ Jacques Monod
“Man at last knows that he is alone in the unfeeling immensity of the universe, out of which he emerged only by chance. Neither his destiny nor his duty have been written down. The kingdom above or the darkness below: it is for him to choose.” ~ Jacques Monod
“What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant.” ~ Jacques Monod
“There are living systems; there is no living “matter.” No substance, no single molecule, extracted and isolated from a living being possess, of its own, the aforementioned paradoxical properties. They are present in living systems only; that is to say, nowhere below the level of the cell.” ~ Jacques Monod
“In science, self-satisfaction is death. Personal self-satisfaction is the death of the scientist. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of the research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science.” ~ Jacques Monod
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