William James

1842 - 1910

A Quote by William James on force, ideas, and individuality

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on failure and opportunity

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on books, history, philosophy, and wonder

O my Bergson, you are a magician, and your book is a marvel, a real wonder in the history of philosophy . . . In finishing it I found . . . such a flavor of persistent euphony, as of a rich river that never foamed or ran thin, but steadily and firmly proceeded with its banks full to the brim.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Letters of William James, Henri Bergson

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A Quote by William James on philosophy

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James

Pluralism lets things really exist in the each-form or distributively. Monism thinks that the all-form or collective-unit form is the only form that is rational.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on quality

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If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the "as if" technique.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on self-esteem and success

Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.

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A Quote by William James on attitude, character, and thought

I have often thought that the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: "This is the real me!"

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Letters of William James, 1920, To his wife, Alice Gibbons James, 1878

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A Quote by William James on emotion and surprises

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

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A Quote by William James on change and life

To change one's life:
1. Start immediately
2. Do it flamboyantly
3. No exceptions.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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