William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
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    A great many
    people think they are thinking when they are rearranging their prejudices.
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    A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
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    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
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    Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.
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    Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
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    The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
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    There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
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    A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
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    A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
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    Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
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    Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do.
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    Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
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    Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
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    An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
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