William James

1842 - 1910

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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A Quote by William James on faith

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It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live al all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only true thing that makes the result come true.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on belief, pleasure, and privacy

Belief is desecrated when given to unproved and unquestioned statements for the solace and private pleasure of the believer . . . It is wrong always, everywhere, and for every one, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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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