William James

1842 - 1910

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 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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