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Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

(1861-1947), British Mathematician, Philosopher

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

Category: Action

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

Category: Action

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.

Category: Adventure

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.

Category: Arts And Artists

Common sense is genius in homespun.

Category: Common Sense

Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.

Category: Common Sense

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

Category: Courage

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.

Category: Destiny

An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.

Category: Experience

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Category: Familiarity

In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit.

Category: Habit

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.

Category: Ideas

Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.

Category: Ideas

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.

Category: Life And Living