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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

It does not matter what men say in words, so long as their activities are controlled by settled instincts. The words may ultimately destroy the instincts. But until this has occurred, words do not count. - from Science and the Modern World

Alfred North Whitehead

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.

Alfred North Whitehead

We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.

Alfred North Whitehead

Ideas won't keep something must be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.

Alfred North Whitehead

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

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

Alfred North Whitehead

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead



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