William James

1842 - 1910

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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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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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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