Alfred Whitehead

1861 - 1947

A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on existence

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)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on distrust and simplicity

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on questions

The "silly question" is the first intimation of some totally new development.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on circumstances

[In many circumstances,] the most important thing about a proposition is not that it be true, but that it be interesting.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on creation, mathematics, originality, purity, science, and spirit

The science of pure mathematics . . . may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: Science and the Modern World.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on divinity, madness, mathematics, and spirit

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 Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on majorities, morality, and time

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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on nature

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There is no nature at an instant.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on inventions, motherhood, necessity, proverbs, and truth

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on assumptions, change, circumstances, and impossibility

"One and one make two" assumes that the changes in the shift of circumstance are unimportant. But it is impossible for us to analyze this notion of unimportant change.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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