Quote by Jean Rostand
One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
This quote suggests that when evaluating and criticizing a hypothesis, one should consider and acknowledge all the evidence and discoveries that have contributed to its downfall. It emphasizes the importance of thoroughly examining and understanding an idea before attempting to disprove it. By crediting an hypothesis with everything it took to dismiss it, this quote emphasizes fair and comprehensive assessment in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
To me, the irony of this involvement with size, as I observed earlier, is the unwillingness or inability of so many Americans to identify themselves with something as vast as the United States. Bigger cars, bigger parking lots, bigger corporate structures, bigger farms, bigger drug stores, bigger supermarkets, bigger motion-picture screens. The tangible and the functional expand, while the intangible and the beautiful shrink. Left to wither is the national purpose, national educational needs, literature and theater, and our critical faculties. The national dialogue is gradually being lost in a froth of misleading self-congratulation and cliche. National needs and interests are slowly being submerged by the national preoccupation with the irrelevant.