William James

William James

American philosopher

Lived from: 1842-1910

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: William James

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    Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
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    Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.
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    Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
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    Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
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    A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.
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    As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
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    The busiest man needs no more hours of rest than the idle.