Alfred Whitehead

1861 - 1947

A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on direction, life, and universe

Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: Adventures of Ideas, 1933.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on experience, interest, and energy

It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true. This statement is almost a tautology. For the energy of operation of a proposition in an occasion of experience is its interest and is its importance. But of course a true proposition is more apt to be interesting than a false one.

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 adventure, art, beauty, civilization, peace, society, and truth

A general definition of civilization: a civilized society is exhibiting the fine qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art, peace.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on authority, children, christ, christianity, despair, doubt, god, inconsistency, life, love, motherhood, nature, peace, suffering, sympathy, uncertainty, victory, words, and world

The essence of Christianity is the appeal to the life of Christ as a revelation of the nature of God and of God's agency in the world. The record is fragmentary, inconsistent, and uncertain. . . . But there can be no doubt as to what elements in the record have evoked a response from all that is best in human nature. The Mother, the Child, and the bare manger: the lowly man, homeless and self-forgetful, with his message of peace, love, and sympathy: the suffering, the agony, the tender words as life ebbed, the final despair: and the whole with the authority of supreme victory.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on certainty, knowledge, and mathematics

On the ostensible exactitude of certain branches of human knowledge, including mathematics: The exactness is a fake.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on apologies, facts, nature, regret, and responsibility

I regret that it has been necessary for me in this lecture to administer a large dose of four-dimensional geometry. I do not apologize, because I am really not responsible for the fact that nature in its most fundamental aspect is four-dimensional. Things are what they are.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: The Concept of Nature

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on accidents, character, language, necessity, purpose, reason, relatives, and thought

Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable.

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 mind

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

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on familiarity, mankind, and mind

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: Science and the Modern World.

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