William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    Time itself comes in drops.
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    To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
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    To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.
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    To spend life for something which outlasts it.
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    To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

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    We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
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    We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
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    We don't laugh because we're happy - we're happy because we laugh.
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    We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.
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    We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
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    We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.
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    We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.
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    What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise - although the philosophers generally call it ''recognition''!
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    Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!
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    When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.