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Alfred North Whitehead on Half-Truths

Cited in Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead by Lucien Price (David R. Godine: 2001; orig. 1956), p. 14.

His thinking is a prism. It must be seen not from side alone but from all sides, then from underneath and overhead. So seen, as one moves around it, the prism is full of changing lights and colours. To have seen it from one side only is not to have seen it. … There are no whole truths. All truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.