Alfred North Whitehead Sayings and Quotes

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No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.      

Alfred North Whitehead

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.     

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Seek simplicity but distrust it.     

Alfred North Whitehead

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.     

Alfred North Whitehead

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.     

Alfred North Whitehead

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.     

Alfred North Whitehead

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because you lap is warmer.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.     

Alfred North Whitehead

A race preserves its vigor so long as it harbors a real contrast between what has been and what may be; and so long as it is nerved by the vigor to adventure beyond the safeties of the past. Without adventure civilization is in full decay.     

Alfred North Whitehead

An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it.     

Alfred North Whitehead

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.     

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

The ultimate metaphysical ground is the creative advance into novelty.     

Alfred North Whitehead

In this modern world, the celibacy of the medieval learned class has been replaced by a celibacy of the intellect which is divorced from the concrete contemplation of the complete facts.     

Alfred North Whitehead

The science of pure mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.     

Alfred North Whitehead

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.     

Alfred North Whitehead

What we perceive as the present is the vivid fringe of memory tinged with anticipation.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise.     

Alfred North Whitehead

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language.     

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized.     

Alfred North Whitehead

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.     

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Alfred North Whitehead