##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

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 fifteenth century.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

No Roman ever died in contemplation over a geometrical diagram.

[A reference to the death of Archimedes.]

In H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

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

Adventures of Ideas, 1933.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

There is no nature at an instant.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.

In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

There is a tradition of opposition between adherents of induction and of deduction. In my view it would be just as sensible for the two ends of a worm to quarrel.

In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.

An Introduction to Mathematics.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

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.

In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

In modern times the belief that the ultimate explanation of all things was to be found in Newtonian mechanics was an adumbration of the truth that all science, as it grows towards perfection, becomes mathematical in its ideas.

In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

##### Whitehead, Alfred North (1861 - 1947)

Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable.

W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.