William James

1842 - 1910

A Quote by William James on change and difference

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Quote Garden

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A Quote by William James on consciousness

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Varieties of Religious Experience

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A Quote by William James on evolution, life, and spirit

There is no being capable of a spiritual life who does not have within him a jungle.  Where the wolf constantly HOWLS and the OBSCENE bird of night chatters endlessly.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on power, energy, potential, and untapped

You have enormous untapped power you'll probably never tap, because most people never run far enough on their first wind to ever find they have a second.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on motivation

Believe that your life is worth living, and your belief will create the fact.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on discovery, life, and mind

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Discoveries: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases

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A Quote by William James on belief, delusion, repetition, falsehood, truth, and specticism

There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James

Lives based on having are less free that lives based on either doing or being.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on religious experiences, peak experiences, and tears

The man who lives in his religious centre of personal energy, and is actuated by spiritual enthusiasms, differs from his previous carnal self in perfectly definite ways.

The new ardor which burns in his breast consumes in its glow the lower "noes" which formerly beset him, and keeps him immune against infection from the entire groveling portion of his nature. Magnanimities once impossible are now easy; paltry conventionalities and mean incentives once tyrannical hold no sway. The stone wall inside of him has fallen, the hardness in his heart has broken down. The rest of us can, I think, imagine this by recalling our state of feeling in those temporary "melting moods" into which either the trials of real life, or the theatre, or a novel sometimes throws us. Especially if we weep! For it is then as if our tears broke through an inveterate inner dam, and let all sorts of ancient peccancies and moral stagnancies drain away, leaving us now washed and soft of heart and open to every nobler leading. With most of us the customary hardness quickly returns, but not so with saintly persons. Many saints, even as energetic ones as Teresa and Loyola, have possessed what the church traditionally reveres as a special grace, the so-called gift of tears. In these persons the melting mood seems to have held almost uninterrupted control. And as it is with tears and melting moods, so it is with other exalted affections. Their reign may come by gradual growth or by a crisis; but in either case it may have "come to stay."

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Happiness Hypothesis, Pages: 204..205

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A Quote by William James on alive, fully alive, passion, authentic, and authenticity

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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