individuality

A Quote by William James on feeling, individuality, men, religion, and solitude

Religion . . . shall mean for us the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Verities of Religious Experience, 1902

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A Quote by William James on adoption, chance, community, genius, individuality, justice, life, men, mystery, nations, people, purity, surprises, time, and work

Sporadic great men come everywhere. But for a community to get vibrating through and through with intensely active life, many geniuses coming together and in rapid succession are required. This is why great epochs are so rare, - why the sudden bloom of a Greece, an early Rome, a Renaissance, is such a mystery. Blow must follow blow so fast that no cooling can occur in the intervals. Then the mass of the nation glows incandescent, and may continue to glow by pure inertia long after the originators of its internal movement have passed away. We often hear surprise expressed that in these high tides of human affairs not only the people should be filled with stronger life, but that individual geniuses should seem so exceptionally abundant. This mystery is just about as deep as the time-honored conundrum as to why great rivers flow by great towns. It is true that great public fermentations awaken and adopt many geniuses who in more torpid times would have had no chance to work. But over and above this there must be an exceptional concourse of genius about a time, to make the fermentation begin at all. The unlikeliness of the concourse is far greater than the unlikeliness of any particular genius; hence the rarity of these periods and the exceptional aspect which they always wear.

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 Hazlitt on defeat, driving, good, heart, individuality, kindness, miracles, order, persuasion, pride, respect, secrets, tyranny, violence, and work

Violence ever defeats its own ends. Where you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on action, determination, individuality, lies, energy, virtue, and worth

All virtue lies in individual action, in inward energy, in self determination. There is no moral worth in being swept away by a crowd even toward the best objective.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on individuality

Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Dramatis Personae (1935)

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A Quote by Will Durant on character, improvement, individuality, mind, revolution, and saints

The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.

Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

Source: Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History (Simon & Schuster, 1968), p.72

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A Quote by Wilfred A. Peterson on art, attitude, cheerfulness, confidence, courage, defeat, enthusiasm, failure, faith, goals, honesty, humility, imagination, individuality, joy, life, love, optimism, patience, problems, relatives, serenity, success, pre

The Art of Success . . . Success is ninety-nine percent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience, and enthusiasm. . . . Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal. . . . Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.

Wilfred A. Peterson

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A Quote by Dr. W. Edwards Deming on individuality, learning, needs, profit, and work

What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.

W. Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993)

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A Quote by W. Clement Stone on achievement, adversity, clarity, desires, goals, individuality, learning, mind, problems, time, trouble, and words

All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. the first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is. If you're not clear about this, then write it down, and rewrite it until the words express precisely what you are after. Every disadvantage has an equivalent advantage - if you'll take the trouble to find it. Learn to do that and you'll kick the stuffing out of adversity every time.

W. Clement Stone (1902 -)

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