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William James Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
William James Topics
Men And Women
To spend life for something which outlasts it.
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.
To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
Time itself comes in drops.
Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.
There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.
The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
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.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
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