William James

1842 - 1910

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 belief, facts, life, and worth

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on agreement, attitude, change, departure, evil, fear, good, men, and simplicity

Much of what we call evil is due entirely to the way men take the phenomenon. It can so often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight; its string can so often depart and turn into a relish when, after vainly seeking to shun it, we agree to face about and bear it . . .

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on democracy, genius, and people

Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on day, individuality, learning, life, limits, energy, and power

Most of us can learn to live in perfect comfort on higher levels of power. Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. It is evident that our organism has stored-up reserves of energy that are ordinarily not called upon - deeper and deeper strata of explosible material, ready for use by anyone who probes so deep. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on courage, endurance, evil, faith, life, energy, and religion

Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on absence, faith, force, and men

Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on belief, doubt, faith, prosperity, and readiness

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is still theoretically possible . . . faith is the readiness to act in a cause the prosperous issue of which is not certified to us in advance.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on belief, courage, eternity, justice, laws, nature, needs, religion, science, spirituality, trust, wisdom, and world

The inner need of believing that this world of nature is a sign of something more spiritual and eternal than itself is just as strong and authoritative in those who feel it, as the inner need of uniform laws of causation ever can be in a professionally scientific head. . . . Our faculties of belief were not primarily given us to make orthodoxies and heresies withal, they were given us to live by. And to trust our religious demands means first of all to live in the light of them. . . . The part of wisdom as well as of courage is to believe what is in the line of your needs, for only by such belief is the need fulfilled. Refuse to believe, and you shall indeed be right, for you shall irretrievably perish. But believe, and again you shall be right, for you shall save yourself.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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