William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    How can the moribund old man reason back to himself the romance, the mystery, the imminence of great things with which our old earth tingled for him in the days when he was young and well?
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    Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
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    I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.
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    I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
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    If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
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    If merely ''feeling good'' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
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    If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.
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    If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.
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    If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
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    If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
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    If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
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    If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.
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    Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.
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    Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
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    It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.