A clash of doctrines is not a disaster--it is an opportunity.

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

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

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Dialogues (1954)

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

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.

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Introduction to Mathematics (1911)

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. . . But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming-- and a little mad.

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

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 North Whitehead #Scientists

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

Alfred North Whitehead #Scientists

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