( British mathematician and philosopher ) 15 February 1861 - 30 December 1947
Get your knowledge quickly and then use it. If you can use it you will retain it.
Common sense is genius in homespun.
Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.
Wisdom is the fruit of a balanced development.
In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed.
Seek simplicity but distrust it.
A science that hesitates to forget its founders is lost.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.
We think in generalities, but we live in detail. To make the past live, we must perceive it in detail in addition to thinking of it in generalities.
Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
When you’re average, you’re just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
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.
Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains.
From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
Nature is probably quite indifferent to the aesthetic preferences of mathematicians.
The only simplicity to be trusted is the simplicity to be found on the far side of complexity.
It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
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.
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat; but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress towards a victory.
We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action and can only guide it by taking thought.
Life is complex in its expression, involving more than percipience, namely desire, emotion, will, and feeling.
An enormous part of our mature experience can not be expressed in words.
I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That’s not me.
We think in generalities, but we live in details.
Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
Error is the price we pay for progress.
Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.
Rationalism is an adventure in the clarification of thought.
The point about zero is that we do not need to use it in the operation of daily life. No one goes out to buy zero fish.
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
The art of progress is to reserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Great dreamers’ dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended.
Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.