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    Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: animals  men  god 
     
    Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: imagination  fools 
     
    Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: mind 
     
    Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: mankind  mind 
     
    It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: mind 
     
    The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    The motive of success is not enough.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: success 
     
    Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: language  human 
     
    The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: time  justice  right  bad 
     
    Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: simplicity 
     
    When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    To come very near to a true theory, and to grasp its precise application, are two different things, as the history of science teaches us. Everything of importance has been said before by someone who did not discover it.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: true  precise 
     
    The tragedy of the world is that those who are imaginative have but slight experience, and those who are experienced have feeble imaginations.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    The foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    God is in the world, or nowhere, creating continually in us and around us. Insofar as man partakes of this creative process does he partake of the divine, of God, and that participation is his immortality ....
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: humor  bible  literature 
     
    The misconception which has haunted philosophic literature throughout the centuries is the notion of 'independent existence.' There is no such mode of existence; every entity is to be understood in terms of the way it is interwoven with the rest of the universe.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    If a dog jumps into 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
    tags: cat  dog 
     
    Religion will not regain its old power until it can face change in the same spirit as does science.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: power  spirit 
     
    Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: death  ignorance 
     
    Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: truth  live 
     
    The greatest invention of the nineteenth century was the invention of the method of invention.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    It belongs to the self-respect of intellect to pursue every tangle of thought to its final unravelment.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: thoughts 
     
    It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: intelligence 
     
    There is no nature at an instant.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: nature 
     
    Common sense is genius in homespun.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: genius 
     
    How the past perishes is how the future becomes.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: future  past 
     
    Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: universe 
     
    Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: people 
     
    Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: human 
     
    In all education the main cause of failure is staleness.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: failure  education 
     
    Intolerance is the besetting sin of moral fervour.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: sin  morals 
     
    Learning preserves the errors of the past as well as its wisdom.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: past  wisdom  learning 
     
    Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    There is only one subject matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    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.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: possibility  mind 
     
    Above all things we must be aware of what I will call 'inert ideas' - that is to say, ideas that are merely received into the mind without being utilized, or tested, or thrown into fresh combinations.
    — Alfred North Whitehead
    tags: mind  ideas 
     
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