Facts about Alfred North Whitehead

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Alfred North Whitehead was a famous Mathematician from England, who lived between February 15, 1861 and December 30, 1947.

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He/she is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 48 quotes who is written / told by Alfred, under the main topics: Pet, Technology.

Related authors: Bertrand Russell

Famous quotes by Alfred North Whitehead (48)


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"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"
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"Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains"
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"Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge"
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"Seek simplicity but distrust it"
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"Without adventure civilization is in full decay"
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"Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice"
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"Philosophy is the product of wonder"
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"True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason"
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"Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them"
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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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"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"
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"I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't"
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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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"Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas"
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"Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination"
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"Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious"
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"Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it"
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"Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning"
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"Common sense is genius in homespun"
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"Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized"
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"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"
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"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern"
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"Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure"
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"Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self"
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"An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words"
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"Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced"
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"The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it"
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"The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature"
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"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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"The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development"
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"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato"
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"The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it"
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"The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy"
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"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order"
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"The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals"
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"Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language"
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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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"Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself"
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"Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe"
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"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows"
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"It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious"
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"It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious"
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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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"It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression"
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"Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended"
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"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"
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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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"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them"


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