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Alfred North Whitehead

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Rightness of limitation is essential for growth of reality.
Unlimited possibility and abstract creativity can procure nothing. The limitation, and the basis arising from what is already actual, are both of them necessary and interconnected.
Religion in the Making (February 1926), Lecture IV: "Truth and Criticism"

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