William James

1842 - 1910

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 stupidity

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on dreams, idealism, and play

Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Will to Believe

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A Quote by William James

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

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on change and life

To change your life: Start immediately; Do it flamboyantly; No exceptions.

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.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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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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