82 Total Quotes

Alfred Whitehead Quotes

It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.
Alfred Whitehead
#Business #English Mathematician

Without adventure civilization is in full decay
Alfred Whitehead
#Adventure

So far as the mere imparting of information is concerned, no university has had any justification for existence since the popularization of printing in the 15th century.
Alfred Whitehead
#Existence

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Alfred Whitehead
#Courage #English Mathematician

Religion is the reaction of human nature to its search for God
Alfred Whitehead
#God

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language
Alfred Whitehead
#Human Nature

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike
Alfred Whitehead
#Majority

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred Whitehead
#Art

The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.
Alfred Whitehead
#Knowledge

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.
Alfred Whitehead
#Ideas #Adventure

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change.
Alfred Whitehead
#Art

If a dog jumps in 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 Whitehead
#English Mathematician #Cats

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred Whitehead
#English Mathematician

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
Alfred Whitehead
#Action

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge
Alfred Whitehead
#Death

I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't
Alfred Whitehead
#Belief

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 Whitehead
#Circumstances

Religion is the last refuge of human savagery
Alfred Whitehead
#Religion

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Alfred Whitehead
#Adventure #English Mathematician

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
Alfred Whitehead
#Ideas #English Mathematician

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious
Alfred Whitehead
#Intelligence

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
Alfred Whitehead
#Mind #English Mathematician

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
Alfred Whitehead
#Philosophy