William James Quotes

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way

William James

The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.

William James

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.

William James

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

William James

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

William James

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.

William James

I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.

William James

Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.

William James

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

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

I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.

William James

Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law.

William James
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