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Alfred North Whitehead
It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization. But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ones.

Alfred North Whitehead
Common sense is genius in homespun.

Alfred North Whitehead
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.

Alfred North Whitehead
Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance.

Alfred North Whitehead
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 you lap is warmer.

Alfred North Whitehead
The only use of knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present.

Alfred North Whitehead
Necessity is the mother of invention is a silly proverb. Necessity is the mother of futile dodges is much closer to the truth. The basis of growth of modern invention is science, and science is almost wholly the outgrowth of pleasurable intellectual curiosity.

Alfred North Whitehead
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.

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