William James

1842 - 1910

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 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 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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A Quote by William James on culture and life

Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdains; under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Memories and Studies

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