Quotations From ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD


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  • Every philosophy is tinged with the colouring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Science and the Modern World, ch. 1 (1926).
  • 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 (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead As Recorded by Lucien Price, entry for December 10, 1941, Little, Brown (1954).

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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.
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead, prologue, ed. Lucien Price (1954).
  • Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues, June 10, 1943 (1954).
  • Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Aims of Education and Other Essays, ch. 1, Macmillan (1929).
  • Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Adventures of Ideas, pt. 1, ch. 5.

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