William James

1842 - 1910

A Quote by William James on beginning, belief, and success

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of our venture.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on belief, day, fear, learning, and life

They conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

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 duty, family, genius, mind, and power

A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on acceptance, consequences, misfortune, and overcoming

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on acceptance, consequences, misfortune, and overcoming

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on bravery, cheerfulness, courage, fear, feeling, losing, spontaneity, and path

The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully. and act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there. To feel brave,act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon fold its tent like an Arab and silently steals away.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on appreciation, nature, and principles

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on attitude, beginning, difficulty, and success

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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