William James

1842 - 1910

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 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 on existence, happiness, respect, and tolerance

Regarding mutual tolerance: It is negative in one sense, but positive in another. It absolutely forbids us to be forward in pronouncing on the meaninglessness of forms of existence other than our own; and it commands us to tolerate, respect, and indulge those whom we see harmlessly interested and happy in their own ways, however unintelligible these may be to us. Hands off . . . .

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on men and power

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Men habitually use only a small part of the power which they actually possess.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on prayer and worry

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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