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The merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
There is a technique, a knack, for thinking, just as there is for doing other things. You are not wholly at the mercy of your thoughts, any more than they are you. They are a machine you can learn to operate.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
The race that does not value trained intelligence is doomed.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
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 North Whitehead
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim. Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame,? Obtained with labor, for mankind employed,? And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
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 North Whitehead
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
—  Alfred North Whitehead
Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful.
—  Alfred North Whitehead

       

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