William James Quotes (59 quotations)

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1. A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind. - William James

2. A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. - William James

3. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. - William James

4. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. - William James

5. All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish. - William James

6. An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible. - William James

7. An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation. - William James

8. As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use. - William James

9. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

10. Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. - William James

11. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

12. Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. - William James

13. Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake. - William James

14. Do every day or two something for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. - William James

15. Everyone knows on any given day that there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call fourth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives fare within his limits he possesses powers of various sorts he habitually fails to use. - William James

16. Genius...means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

17. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed. - William James

18. He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed. - William James

19. Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of inertia. - William James

20. Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William James

21. Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James

22. I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible. - William James

23. 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. - William James

24. If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. - William James

25. In business for yourself, not by yourself. - William James

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