William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
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    Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.
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    Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
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    Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
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    Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness.
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    Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects in the phenomenal world.
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    Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.
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    The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
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    The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
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    The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
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    The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
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    The difference between a good man and a bad is the choice of the cause.
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    The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.
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    The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
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    The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.