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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We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!

It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.

Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.

The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively a God who does a wholesale not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities it becomes sick.

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.

The world we see, that seems so insane, is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

Individuality is founded in feeling, and the recesses of feeling the darker blinder strata of character are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making and directly perceive how events happen and how work is actually done.

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

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act look feel successful conduct yourself accordingly and you will be amazed at the positive results.

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which more than anything else will affect its successful outcome.

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

Truth is what works.

If you care enough for a result you will most certainly attain it.

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

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