William James

1842 - 1910

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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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 prayer, reason, science, and simplicity

We hear in these days of scientific enlightenment a great deal of discussion about the efficacy of Prayer. Many reasons are given why we should not pray. Others give reasons why we should pray. Very little is said of the reason we do pray. The reason is simple: We pray because we cannot help praying.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on people, thinking, and self-deception

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on psychology and science

I wished by treating Psychology like a natural science, to help her become one.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Collected Essays and Reviews

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