William James

1842 - 1910

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 friendship and world

Whereever you are it is your own friends who make your world.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Thought and Character of William James

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A Quote by William James on life

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The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on good

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Tell him to live by yes and no - yes to everything good, no to everything bad.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Thought and Character of William James

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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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