William James

1842 - 1910

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 belief, god, and lies

I myself believe that the evidence for God lies primarily in inner personal experiences.

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A Quote by William James on careers, life, men, morality, and vanity

We are all potentially such sick men. The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison-inmates. And whenever we feel this, such a sense of the vanity of our voluntary career comes over us, that all our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but alas! are not so.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Thought and Character of William James, by Ralph Barton Perry

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A Quote by William James on life and mind

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on belief, facts, life, and worth

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

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A Quote by William James on community, impulses, individuality, and sympathy

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on action, emotion, and reason

The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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