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33 Famous Quotes by Alfred North Whitehead
2/15/1861 - 12/30/1947
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Without adventure civilization is in full decay.

Adventure Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals

Pacifism Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude

Purpose Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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

Tranquility Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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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.

Destiny Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive.

Growth Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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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 victory.

Knowledge Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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

Youth Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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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

Cats Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.

Courage Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Seek simplicity, and distrust it.

Simplicity Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.

Travel Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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The power of God is the worship He inspires. That religion is strong which in its ritual and its modes of thought evokes an apprehension of the commanding vision. The worship of God is not a rule of safety: it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure.

Christianity Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099 Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance.

Christianity Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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

Action Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Common sense is genius in homespun.

Common sense Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Spoken language is merely a series of squeaks.

Language Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanisms of the universe.

Life Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive.

Order Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.

Speech Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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There are no whole truths. All truths are half truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

Truth Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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Without adventure civilization is in full decay.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead

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