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Alfred North Whitehead
February 15, 1861 - December 30, 1947
Nationality: English
Category: Mathematician
Subcategory: English Mathematician

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.


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


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


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.


We think in generalities, but we live in detail.


The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.


I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me.


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


The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.


The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.


Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.


Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.


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


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


Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized.


Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.


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


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