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William James Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by William James

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The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Stress Choice

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

 

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
- William James

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Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.
- William James

This life is worth living, we can say,
since it is what we make it.
- William James

Most people never run far enough on their first wind
to find out they've got a second.
- William James

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
- William James

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
- William James

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
- William James

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- William James

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
- William James

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing,
moving at different speeds.
A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

This overcoming of all the usual barriers
between the individual and the Absolute
is the great mystic achievement.
In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute
and we become aware of our oneness.
This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition,
hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
- William James

Man lives for science as well as bread.
- William James

If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities,
it becomes sick.
- William James

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
- William James

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which,
more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
- William James

We don't laugh because we're happy -
we're happy because we laugh.
- William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human
being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
- William James

Could the young but realize how soon they will become
mere walking bundles of habits,
they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
- William James

Our faith is faith in someone else's faith,
and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
- William James

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the
existence of a man who deserves one.
- William James

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
- William James

Where quality is the thing sought after,
the thing of supreme quality is cheap,
whatever the price one has to pay for it.
- William James

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
- William James

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
- William James

The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects,
is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.
- William James

Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system.
Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them,
just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.
- William James

Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness.
It is itself almost religious.
Our scientific temper is devout.
- William James

A great many people think they are thinking when they
are merely rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know
a good man when you see one.
- William James

In business for yourself, not by yourself.
- William James

The history of philosophy is to a great extent that
of a certain clash of human temperaments.
- William James

There is but one cause of human failure.
And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
- William James

When you have to make a choice and don't make it,
that is in itself a choice.
- William James

In the dim background of mind we know what we ought
to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
- William James

Many people think they are thinking when they are merely
rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
- William James

To be conscious means not simply to be,
but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's
being added to that being.
- William James

Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.
- William James

We are all ready to be savage in some cause.
The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
- William James

These then are my last words to you.
Be not afraid of life.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness,
and their companionship in the saintly life need in
no way occasion surprise.
- William James

It is well for the world that in most of us,
by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster,
and will never soften again.
- William James

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
- William James

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
- William James

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone,
to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
- William James

Be willing to have it so.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to
overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
- William James

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
- William James

The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells,
is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in
this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
- William James

To change ones life: Start immediately.
Do it flamboyantly.
- William James

There is no more miserable human being than one in
whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
- William James

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James

Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it,
so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh,
it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.
- William James

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man,
in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers
generally call it recognition!
- William James

Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference.
- William James

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do,
and that is to contradict other philosophers.
- William James

To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to
hate some one else's type of thinking.
- William James

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
- William James

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do,
just for practice.
- William James

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual
with the force of revelation.
- William James

To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into
its constructions any element that is not directly experienced,
nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.
- William James

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five
are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
- William James

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link,
and life is after all a chain.
- William James

If merely 'feeling good' could decide,
drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
- William James


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