Alfred North Whitehead — English Mathematician born on February 15, 1861, died on December 30, 1947

Alfred North Whitehead, OM FRS was an English mathematician and philosopher. He is best known as the defining figure of the philosophical school known as process philosophy, which today has found application to a wide variety of disciplines, including ecology, theology, education, physics, biology, economics, and psychology, among other areas... (wikipedia)

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
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.
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.