William James Quotes

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can... . The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the ore our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work

William James

To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one's being added to that being.

William James

One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling.

William James

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.

William James

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task

William James

When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome.

William James

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.

William James

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.

William James

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

Our ideas must agree with realities, be such realities concrete or abstract, be they facts or be they principles, under penalty of endless inconsistency and frustration.

William James

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.

William James

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

William James

We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we cant tolerate.

William James

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be

William James

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one\'s sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one\'s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.

William James
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