William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    Belief creates the actual fact.
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    Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
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    Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.
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    Events are influenced by our very great desires.
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    Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.
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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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    Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitement's of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.
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    Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
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    Footnotes - little dogs yapping at the heels of the text
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    For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers.
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    Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.
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    Given one well-trained physician of the highest type he will do better work for a thousand people than ten specialists.
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    Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.
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    Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.
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    He who refuses to embrace an unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.