Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet.
Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
Contributed by: Zaady
Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
The "silly question" is the first intimation of some totally new development.
[In many circumstances,] the most important thing about a proposition is not that it be true, but that it be interesting.
The science of pure mathematics . . . may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.
Source: Science and the Modern World.
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.
Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.
It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
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.
There is no nature at an instant.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.
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