Alfred North Whitehead
English mathematician and philosopher (1861-1947)
Alfred North Whitehead was an English mathematician and philosopher. He is best known as the defining figure of the philosophical school known as process philosophy, which today has found application to a wide variety of disciplines, including ecology, theology, education, physics, biology, economics, and psychology, among other areas.
Alfred North Whitehead Quotes Page 2
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.
Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
Religion increasingly is tending to degenerate into a decent formula wherewith to embellish a comfortable life.
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.
A general definition of civilization: a civilized society is exhibiting the fine qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art, peace.
The progress of Science consists in observing interconnections and in showing with a patient ingenuity that the events of this ever-shifting world are but examples of a few general relations, called laws. To see what is general in what is particular, and what is permanent in what is transitory, is the aim of scientific thought.
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