William James

1842 - 1910

A Quote by William James on men, people, and present

Whenever two men meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man was the other sees him, and each man as he really is.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on facts, ideas, and truth

Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events. Its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself, its veri-fication. Its validity is the process of its valid-ation.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Pragmatism

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A Quote by William James on heart and mystery

In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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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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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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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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