( British mathematician and philosopher )
15 February 1861 - 30 December 1947

Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Get your knowledge quickly and then use it...

Get your knowledge quickly and then use it. If you can use it you will retain it.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Common sense is genius in homespun...

Common sense is genius in homespun.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Philosophy is the product of wonder.

Philosophy is the product of wonder.

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Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.

Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.

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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.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Wisdom is the fruit of a balanced development.

Wisdom is the fruit of a balanced development.

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In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Seek simplicity but distrust it.

Seek simplicity but distrust it.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : A science that hesitates to forget its founders is lost.

A science that hesitates to forget its founders is lost.

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No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Everything of importance has been said before by somebody...

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.

Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.

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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.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.

Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom...

When you’re average, you’re just as close to the bottom as you are the top.

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Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.

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Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

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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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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Philosophy begins in wonder.

Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains.

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From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.

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Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.

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Nature is probably quite indifferent to the aesthetic preferences of mathematicians.

Nature is probably quite indifferent to the aesthetic preferences of mathematicians.

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The only simplicity to be trusted is the simplicity to be found on the far side of complexity.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : There are no whole truths...

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness...

Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.

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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.

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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.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Life is complex in its expression...

Life is complex in its expression, involving more than percipience, namely desire, emotion, will, and feeling.

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An enormous part of our mature experience can not be expressed in words.

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I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That’s not me.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : We think in generalities, but we live in details.

We think in generalities, but we live in details.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.

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Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quotes : Error is the price we pay for progress.

Error is the price we pay for progress.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.

Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Rationalism is an adventure in the clarification of thought...

Rationalism is an adventure in the clarification of thought.

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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.

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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.

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The art of progress is to reserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Great dreamers' dreams are never fulfilled...

Great dreamers’ dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Fools act on imagination without knowledge...

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.

Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.

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Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : It is literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.

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Alfred North Whitehead Quote : Every really new idea looks crazy at first.

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.

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Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.

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