Alfred North Whitehead Quotes


28 Alfred North Whitehead quotes:



"Without adventure civilization is in full decay."
"Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them."
"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them."
"If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."
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"True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason."
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"Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination."
"I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether."
"There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."
"Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced."
"Every philosophy is tinged with the colouring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning."
"In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory."
"It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression."
"It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious."
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows."
"Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude."
"The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals."
"The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it."
"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."
"The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development."
"The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue."



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