Alfred North Whitehead


Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.''
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Aims of Education and Other Essays, ch. 1, Macmillan (1929).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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