William James

William James

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the "Father of American psychology".

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It is well for the world that in most of us by the age of thirty the character has set like plaster and will never soften again.

To be radical an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.

Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.

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.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

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