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 emotion and surprises

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

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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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A Quote by William James on eternity

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Letters of William James, to Carl Stumpf, January 1, 1886

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A Quote by William James on art

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Principles of Psychology, 1890

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A Quote by William James on education, persuasion, present, and world

The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on action, control, direction, and feeling

Action and feeling go together and by regulating the action which is under the more direct control of the will, we can regulate the feeling, which is not.

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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