Alfred N. Whitehead

Alfred N. Whitehead

English philosopher and mathematician

Lived from: 1861-1947

Category: Philosophers | Science

Quotes: Alfred N. Whitehead

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    An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
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    Common sense is genius in homespun.
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    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.
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    Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
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    Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
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    Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
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    Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
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    But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
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    Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.
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    Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized.
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    Each human being is a more complex structure than any social system to which he belongs.
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    Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
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    Every thing of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
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    Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
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    Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
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