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William James quotes (35)
Action and feeling go together and by regulating the action which is under the more direct control of the will we can regulate the feeling which is not.
William James Category: Feelings
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
William James Category: Community
I have often thought that the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which when it came upon him he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!
William James Category: Unsorted
The deepest craving in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
William James Category: Appreciation
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
William James Category: Malice
There are two kinds of taste the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
William James Category: Emotion
A specialist is a man who knows more and more about less and less.
Dr.William James Mayo Category: Unsorted
The union of the mathematician with the poet fervor with measure passion with correctness this surely is the ideal.
William James Category: Mathematics
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James Category: Acquaintance
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is still theoretically possible ... faith is the readiness to act in a cause the prosperous issue of which is not certified to us in advance.
William James Category: Faith
This life is worth living we can say since it is what we make it from the moral point of view.
William James Category: Life
Whenever two men meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself each man was the other sees him and each man as he really is.
William James Category: Meetings
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will held create the fact.
William James Category: Attitude
An idea to be suggestive must come to the individual with the force of a revelation.
William James Category: Idea
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James Category: People
If you want a quality act as if you already had it. Try the as if technique.
William James Category: Quality
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James Category: Know
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
William James Category: Acceptance
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 Category: Common
The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life.
William James Category: Age
Religion ... is a man's total reaction upon life.
William James Category: Religion
Most of us can learn to live in perfect comfort on higher levels of power. Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be we are only half awake. It is evident that our organism has stored-up reserves of energy that are ordinarily not called upon deeper and deeper strata of explosible material ready for use by anyone who probes so deep. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.
William James Category: Limits
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
William James Category: Opportunity
The emotions arent always immediately subject to reason but they are always immediately subject to action.
William James Category: Action
Same old slippers Same old rice Same old glimpse of Paradise.
William James Lampton Category: Unsorted
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do and that is to contradict other philosophers.
William James Category: Contradict
They conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
William James Category: Confidence
Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of our venture.
William James Category: Belief
The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.
William James Category: World
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
William James Category: Misfortunes
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live al all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only true thing that makes the result come true.
William James Category: Risk
Compared to what we ought to be we are half awake.
William James Category: Comparison
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
William James Category: Fatigue
To change ones life: 1. Start immediately 2. Do it flamboyantly 3. No exceptions.
William James Category: Change
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
William James Category: Indecision