Alfred Whitehead

1861 - 1947

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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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on life and truth

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Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.

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 cats

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In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods, they have never forgotten this.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on achievement, creativity, mankind, and tranquility

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

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on common sense, creativity, ideas, originality, thought, words, and work

Now in creative thought common sense is a bad master. Its sole criterion for judgement is that the new ideas shall look like the old ones. In other words it can only work by suppressing originality.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: An Introduction to Mathematics

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

But in the prevalent discussion of classes, there are illegitimate transitions to the notions of a 'nexus' and of a 'proposition'. The appeal to a class to perform the services of a proper entity is exactly analogous to an appeal to an imaginary terrier to kill a real rat.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: Process and Reality

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on history, ideas, play, study, and thought

I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. That would be claiming too much. But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming . . . and a little mad.

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 clarity and world

Algebra is the intellectual instrument which has been created for rendering clear the quantitative aspects of the world.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: The Organisation of Thought

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