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ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD
English mathematician and philosopher
(1861 - 1947)
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Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
      - [Folly]

Education which is not modern share the fate of all organic things which are kept too long.
      - [Education]

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
      - [Fools]

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
      - [Progress]

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.
      - [Cats : Dogs]

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.
      - [Contradiction]

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

Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise.
      - [Genius]

Knowledge is always accompanied with accessories of emotion and purpose.
      - [Knowledge]

Life is the enjoyment of emotion, derived from the past and aimed at the future.
      - [Life]

Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.
      - [Speech]

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.
      - [Ignorance]

One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.
      - [Wander]

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.
      - [Infinity]

Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
      - [Religion]

Religion is what the individual does with his own solitariness.
      - [Religion]

Spoken language is merely a series of squeaks.
      - [Language]

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
      - [Youth]

The motive of success is not enough.
      - in "Adventures of Ideas" [Motive : Success]

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.
      - [Universities]

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
      - [Courage]

We must produce a great age, or see the collapse of the upward striving of our race.
      - [Success]

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
      - [Detail]

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
      - [Adventure]

Seek simplicity and distrust it.
      - Concept of Nature (p. 163) [Simplicity]


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