Inspirational Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

Alfred North Whitehead (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician and philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Alfred North Whitehead Quotes.

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
Alfred North Whitehead quotes

Alfred North Whitehead quotes

“Great dreamers’ dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Every really new idea looks crazy at first.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Error is the price we pay for progress.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“The only simplicity to be trusted is the simplicity to be found on the far side of complexity.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“A science that hesitates to forget its founders is lost.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Rationalism is an adventure in the clarification of thought.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Life is complex in its expression, involving more than percipience, namely desire, emotion, will, and feeling.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action and can only guide it by taking thought.”
― Alfred North Whitehead quotes

“Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“For successful education there must always be a certain freshness in the knowledge dealt with. It must be either new in itself or invested with some novelty of application to the new world of new times.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Seek simplicity, and distrust it.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat; but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress towards a victory.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.”
― 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

“In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”
― Alfred North Whitehead quotes

“A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Each creative act is the universe incarnating itself as one, and there is nothing above it by way of final condition.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“We think in generalities, but we live in detail.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“Rightness of limitation is essential for growth of reality. Unlimited possibility and abstract creativity can procure nothing. The limitation, and the basis arising from what is already actual, are both of them necessary and interconnected.”
― 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

“The degeneracy of mankind is distinguished from its uprise by the dominance of chill abstractions, divorced from aesthetic content.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things.”
― Alfred North Whitehead quotes

“The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, ‘Seek simplicity and distrust it.”
― Alfred North Whitehead

“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

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