William James

1842 - 1910

A Quote by William James

Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on chance, darkness, death, heroism, interest, life, and victory

What excites and interests the looker-on at life, what the romances and the statues celebrate, and the grim civic monuments remind us of, is the everlasting battle of the powers of light with those of darkness; with heroism reduced to its bare chance, yet ever and anon snatching victory from the jaws of death.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on emotion

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A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Principles of Psychology

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A Quote by William James on habits and indecision

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

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A Quote by William James on lies and truth

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There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on divinity, life, and survival

Our life is always deeper than we know, is always more divine than it seems, and hence we are able to survive degradations and despairs which otherwise must engulf us.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on life, privacy, success, and universe

If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will. But it feels like a real fight.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on life and worth

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This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it, from the moral point of view.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on idealism, passion, and poets

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: Collected Essays.

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A Quote by William James on college and kindness

Our colleges ought to have lit up in us a lasting relish for the better kind of man, a loss of appetite for mediocrities.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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