William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
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    The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

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    The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
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    The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.
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    The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.
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    The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
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    The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
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    The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes.
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    There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.
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    There is a voice inside which speaks and says: ''This is the real me!''
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    There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
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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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    There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.
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    This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
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    Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.