Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
~ Washington Irving
Alfred North Whitehead Quotes
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance.
Learning preserves the errors of the past, as well as its wisdom. For this reason, dictionaries are public dangers, although they are necessities.
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
The real history does not get written, because it is not in people's brains but in their nerves and vitals.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.
It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
I always feel that I have two duties to perform with a parting guest: one, to see that he doesn't forget anything that is his; the other, to see that he doesn't take anything that is mine.
If a dog jumps into 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.
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.
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.
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 ages.