Alfred North Whitehead Quotes (41 quotations)

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1. A clash of doctrines is not a disaster - it is an opportunity. - Alfred North Whitehead

2. Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of "artistic" expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb. - Alfred North Whitehead

3. An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words. - Alfred North Whitehead

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

5. Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. - Alfred North Whitehead

6. But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided. - Alfred North Whitehead

7. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. - Alfred North Whitehead

8. Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. A merely well informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth. - Alfred North Whitehead

9. Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. - Alfred North Whitehead

10. 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. - Alfred North Whitehead

11. I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. . . But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming - and a little mad. - Alfred North Whitehead

12. I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me. - Alfred North Whitehead

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

14. If a dog jumps in 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. - Alfred North Whitehead

15. 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. - Alfred North Whitehead

16. 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. - Alfred North Whitehead

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

18. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. - Alfred North Whitehead

19. Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. - Alfred North Whitehead

20. Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself. - Alfred North Whitehead

21. Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind. - Alfred North Whitehead

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

23. No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it. - Alfred North Whitehead

24. Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge. - Alfred North Whitehead

25. One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering. - Alfred North Whitehead

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