Thinking

Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
—Whitehead

Nov 182016
 

Pedantry begins as a parasite on fastidiousness, and eventually destroys its host.

Nov 152016
 

What is most original is least influential, for we are influenced only by what we can assimilate.

Nov 012016
 

Ideas need not stand continuous duty, like sentries; you can abandon one without another fresh and ready to take its place.

Oct 042016
 

If only thought were conserved like matter, if lost thoughts were transmuted instead of vanishing forever.

Sep 222016
 

When a philosopher says that you have denied the metaphysical nature of something he means that you have explained it.

Sep 212016
 

Less likely that it is complicated than that you are simple.

Aug 292016
 

Knowledge is to have a hammer; wisdom is to recognize what’s not a nail.

Aug 052016
 

Inspiration only dramatizes thought for those who cannot think. Physical laws do not come from falling apples, or poems from opium dreams.

Aug 042016
 

What makes a fool? The gap between what he knows and what he thinks he knows — in short, opinions.