William James

1842 - 1910

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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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 life and religion

Religion . . . is a man's total reaction upon life.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on feeling, individuality, men, religion, and solitude

Religion . . . shall mean for us the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James

A thing is important if anyone think it important.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Principles of Psychology

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